Call for Applications: 9th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students

The European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) invites doctoral students in all humanities and social sciences to apply for the 9th EAJS Workshop for doctoral students. The EAJS PhD workshop is sponsored by the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) and the Japan Foundation (JF). EAJS will cover the costs of travel (up to Euro 500) and accommodation for the duration of the workshop for a group of about 16 doctoral students and 5 senior scholars who act as advisors. The European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN) supports the workshop by nominating senior advisors.

Project director: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Storz
Venue: Frankfurt University, Germany
Time: March 07-09, 2013
Language for applications and during the workshop: English

Application Deadline: 20 September 2012

For an application please follow all necessary steps explained on our website:

and do use our  online submission system for handing in all necessary

The EAJS Workshops for doctoral students aim to create a European multidisciplinary network of advanced graduate students and senior scholars in Japanese Studies. The informal environment of the workshop provides a unique opportunity for participants to work together intensively to enhance individual projects and engage in concentrated discussions of common themes and methods. Through presentations and focused sessions, students give and receive critical feedback on dissertation projects, fieldwork plans and preliminary results.

Students will be asked to read the work of their peers and prepare for workshop presentations linking their own work to the broader international Japanese Studies field. Students will also get a one-to-one supervision with a senior scholar in their respective field.


Graduate students working on a dissertation topic related to Japan, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled at universities in Europe, and students of European nationality who are enrolled in graduate programmes outside Europe are eligible. Students travelling to the workshop from outside Europe should expect no more than 500 Euros to be paid towards their transportation costs. Doctoral students from European universities who do not have major centres of Japanese Studies are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are particularly welcome from graduate students in the early fieldwork phase through the middle stages of dissertation writing. All applicants are expected to have studied the Japanese language and to use materials written in Japanese as sources for their dissertations.

Applicants are expected to provide evidence of Japanese language ability in their applications.

Application and Selection Process

Please be aware that EAJS uses an online submission system to manage your application for the 9th EAJS Workshop for doctoral students.

Click here to be directed to the submissions website:

and to our website where all necessary steps are explained:

In the first instance your application should consist of:

a brief professional history (CV), including a list of publications, if any a cover letter (200 words), indicating the motivation for attending the workshop as well as the current state of progress of the doctoral work a summary of the dissertation project (500 words) These documents must be submitted via the submission website by 20 September 2012. Selected candidates will be notified by 23 November 2012 about their participation in the dissertation workshop.  Short-listed candidates will then be required to send the following texts to Cornelia Storz ( by 11 January 2013:

1. a project outline and progress report (ca. 1500 words) containing major research questions, structure, sources, methodology, difficulties, if any, etc.

2. a long essay (3000-3500 words) i.e. any (preliminary) part of the dissertation, e.g. theoretical introduction, research review, data analysis, elaboration of specific questions, and/or arguments etc.

The essay should conform to best academic practice (language, referencing, etc.). These two items will be the basis for the group presentations and discussions as well as for the individual supervision. Note that this second application stage will not be competitive. Each applicant who sends in a complete and properly elaborated project outline and essay by the deadline will be accepted.

However, extension of the deadline will not be possible since all project outlines and essays need to be sent to all participants.

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