Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Social SciencesEconomics and businessLaw (jurisprudence)Political scienceHumanitiesHistory and archaeology

The Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) offers area studies research on East Asia with thorough, discipline-based methodological training in social sciences. GEAS builds on existing strengths in area studies at FU Berlin, graduate programs in Germany as well as partner institutions in China, Japan and Korea. GEAS provides an extensive network of cooperative relationships with the leading institutions in East Asia and worldwide.


The doctoral training program at GEAS is organized around the central theme of institutions, which can be investigated from the perspectives of the social sciences, business and economics, anthropology, law, history and the humanities. The core research and empirical analysis will be conducted using interconnected lenses:

  • The origins and change of institutions in East Asia
  • The effects of institutions and the consequences of institutional diversity
  • Interdependence of institutions in East Asia in the broader regional and global context

The three-year doctoral program is open to candidates with a master’s degree and knowledge of at least one Asian language. The program combines methods courses, research seminars, and Summer Schools with mandatory fieldwork in East Asia, with the provision of specific area-related transferable skills. Candidates will receive degrees in the department of their discipline under the supervision of three advisors and a faculty mentor in East Asia.

east asia, social sciences, institutions in east asia, interdependence of institutions, area studies, interdisciplinary studies

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Eun-Jeung Lee
Coordinator: Dr. Katrin Gengenbach
FU Berlin
Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 83859697
Deadlines: Mid-November, each year
Places: 9-10
Scholarships: vary