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The IN-EAST offers structured PhD training in two major research programs: the Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Das IN-EAST bietet strukturierte Doktorandenausbildung im Rahmen von zwei großen Forschungsprogrammen an: Das DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1613 „Risk and East Asia“ und die IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies, gefördert vom Bundeministerium für Bildung und Forschung.

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funded by
German Research Foundation (DFG)
1st funding period 10/2009–03/2014
2nd funding period 04/2014–09/2018


Each year, five new doctoral fellows are selected and undergo rigorous training in discipline-specific and regional studies, in preparation for completing their own doctoral research projects within the framework of the Risk and East Asia research program.

Financial support enables all doctoral fellows to conduct their own research in either China or Japan.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is structured through research sub-themes focused on major processes affecting institutional change: market transformations, social organizations, central-local interaction and transnationalization.

The program develops methodological and language-based regional studies skills in order to improve the quality of European social science research on East Asia.

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funded by
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
1st funding period 04/2013 - 03/2017


In the 1st funding period the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies had six research groups, each consisting of one Junior Professor / Postdoctoral Researcher and two PhD students. Each group works on one specific aspect of the research agenda.

Communication and sharing of ideas, results and insights between the groups are facilitated by a series of workshops and joint events and guided by a team of mentors from the University of Duisburg-Essen and leading international institutions.

These mentors will act as PhD supervisors in their respective faculties and provide advice and support for specific research activities. They also build intellectual bridges between the research groups and work being conducted on meta-topics in order to create coherence within the research agenda as a whole.

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funded by
Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR)

The Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr invites applications for up to four 3-year doctoral stipends for highly qualified graduates from the social sciences, business and economic studies, the humanities, or East Asian studies programmes with advanced language skills in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

The structured three-year doctoral programme on Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia aims to advance knowledge on East Asian regional institution building, identity formation, and the interaction between both processes throughout history and today. By applying transnational and comparative approaches to the study of East Asia, the programme looks beyond national borders and seeks to unleash the potential of combining humanities and social sciences and to base research projects on interdisciplinary perspectives.

Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2017.

For details, please see the Call for Applications.

Positions and study places are advertised on the program websites. Junior academics interested in pursuing non-funded PhD studies should send an application, including a PhD proposal, to the appropriate professor at the IN-EAST .

Zu besetzende Stellen werden auf der jew. Programm-Webseite bekannt gemacht. NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen, die eine Individual-Promotion anstreben, wenden sich mit ihrem Forschungsprojekt an den entsprechenden Lehrstuhl am IN-EAST .