Every year, GEAS admits up to 9 doctoral candidates. Chinese candidates may apply for funding by CSC scholarships through FU Berlin Center for International Cooperation. We also accept candidates with funding from other Freie Universität Berlin programs, from partner institutions in East Asia or from scholarships provided by German or international organizations. Candidates are supported in securing their funding.
Doctoral candidates are admitted for the fall semester, starting October 1.
Application calls are announced from September 15 to November 15 in the previous year. For admission, please see the Admission FAQs.Application for intake in 2023 is closed. The next application period for 2024 will start September 15, 2023.
The screening of applications and prospective doctoral candidates takes place in January/February. Interviews will be conducted in February/March. Doctoral candidates accepted for admission into GEAS will receive written notice in March/April. Applicants who are rejected will receive written notice in March.
GEAS strives to have an international body of doctoral candidates. The official language of the program is English.
On a case by case basis, GEAS will also admit visiting doctoral candidates funded by partner universities or international scholarships to conduct dissertation related research for one or two years.