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Postdoctoral Program

The GEAS and DRS postdoctoral programs have been supported by the Federal Excellence Initiative II between 2012 and 2019. We do not offer positions, but guests and associated researchers are welcome! Please find more information on postdoctoral opportunities and support at Berlin University Alliance.

Between 2013 and 2019, GEAS hosted 3 core positions for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows in Japanese, Chinese and Korean Studies with international research experience to conduct their own research at GEAS in relation to our core focus on institutional theory. In addition, both teaching courses at GEAS and the institutes as well as international research trips were supported by GEAS each year in order to allow the fellows to expand their academic profile and independence further (from ESR 2 to ESR 3). Many of our postdoctoral fellows have reached tenured positions or work as lecturers at universities in Germany and East Asia.

GEAS has also hosted 2 postdoctoral fellows from the EU Marie-Curie-Skłodowska co-funding line POINT (Dahlem Research School) between 2015 and 2018. The aim of the DRS Postdoc Fellowship program is to support fellows in their further career development and the transition to the next career step at Freie Universität Berlin. POINT Fellowships are open to postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities with at least two years of research experience outside Germany. Both fellows are trained in Chinese Studies and are active members of GEAS. During their stay, they are integrated into research groups and assigned a professor as a scientific advisor. The most notable project of one of our fellows was the 2016 conference "Beyond the Sinosphere", supported by Volkswagen Foundation and GEAS. The DRS alumnae Anna Belogurova is now an associated fellow of GEAS in the Chinese Studies department, while Emina Popovic is a lecturer at Prague Unviersity.

GEAS Award PostDocs (2016-2018) were available to three outstanding doctoral candidates who finished submitting their theses in 3 years' time. Award PostDocs received a salary of TV-L E 13 for one year to prepare for the dissertation, publish their draft and work on a postdoctoral proposal as well as on job application. 

GEAS also hosted two Einstein Visiting Fellowship projects with several postdoctoral fellows who worked on their projects and coordinated the fellows' research groups from 2017-2020.

As members of Berlin University Alliance and Dahlem Research School, associated Postdoc fellows benefit from a tailored qualification program and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills. Furthermore, all fellows at Freie Universität Berlin are supported in obtaining funding for follow-up research projects at Freie Universität Berlin.