The Ph.D. training program is designed to develop core competences that are central for conducting discipline-based research in and on East Asia as well as a set of transferable skills that enable doctoral candidates to develop successful careers either in academia or in policy relevant employment. Moreover, the doctoral training program is characterized by a high level of international exchange. All doctoral candidates are encouraged to a minimum of six months of conducting original research in the region based at a partner university in East Asia and to participate in a two week Summer School.
Core competences for research include the following:
GEAS also strives to train doctoral candidates in transferable skills and to provide them with professional development opportunities that also enable them to pursue a career outside of academia in a policy-related area. Doctoral candidates will further be able to take advantage of the resources for interdisciplinary work and exchange support through the Dahlem Research School (DRS) at Freie Universität Berlin.
Transferable skills of high relevance to GEAS are: