GEAS offers a PhD study and support program in East Asian and area studies at Freie Universität Berlin.Doctoral candidates will receive degrees in the department of their discipline under the supervision of a team of three advisors and a faculty mentor in East Asia.
GEAS brings together Principal Investigators (PIs) from East Asian Studies with scholars from the social sciences, business and economics, law, the humanities, history and anthropology, as well as experts from non-university partner institutions.
GEAS resources are augmented by a close cooperation with Dahlem Research School and the graduate programs at Freie Universität Berlin and partner institutions. GEAS can build upon an extensive network of active cooperative relationships with the leading universities in East Asia and worldwide as well as with German and East Asian governments and organizations.
The doctoral training program combines discipline-based methods courses, research seminars, and Summer Schools and encourages a mandatory phase of 6 months of fieldwork in East Asia. The graduate school also provides support to gain specific area-related transferable skills.