Call for Applications: 10th EAJS PhD Workshop for doctoral students

Venue: near Ljubljana, Slovenia (Tourist Farm)
Date: August 23-26, 2014
Project director: Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci (University of Zurich)
Language for applications and during the workshop: English

Application deadline: February 28, 2014

To apply please use our online submission system.

The European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) invites doctoral students in all humanities and social sciences to apply for the 10th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students (August 23-26, 2014). The workshop will take place near Ljubljana in Slovenia and precede the 14th International Conference of the EAJS at the University of Ljubljana (August 27-30, 2014). EAJS will cover the costs of travel (up to € 500) and accommodation for the duration of the workshop for a group of 15-18 doctoral students and 4-5 senior scholars who will act as advisers. Moreover, EAJS will also waive the registration fees of the selected PhD students for the 14th EAJS International Conference.

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 in-depth 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 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 that 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 system to manage submissions for its workshop for doctoral students.

In the first instance your application should consist of a:

  • CV
  • short cover letter (about 200 words), indicating why you wish to attend the workshop as well as the current state of progress of the doctoral work.
  • summary of the dissertation project (maximum 500 words), explaining topic, relevance, research question, methodology, and current stage of dissertation project.

These documents must be submitted via the submission website by February 28, 2014. Selected candidates will be notified by April 7, 2014.

Short-listed candidates will then be required to send a project report (about 5000 words) to  David Chiavacci by July 1, 2014.

This project report should have the following structure:

  • title and author
  • abstract with keywords
  • current state of research (empirical findings and theories) and research gap(s)
  • research question of project and its relevance respectively own motivation
  • theoretical framework, methodology of project, and schedule
  • hypotheses and/or preliminary results
  • (possible) difficulties in realizing research project
  • quoted literature

It goes without saying that this project report should conform to best academic practice (language, referencing, etc.). It 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 report by the deadline will be accepted. However, an extension of the deadline will not be possible since all project reports need to be sent to all participants. Shortlisted candidates who fail to submit their progress report will not be admitted to the workshop. 

Accepted candidates will also be required to join the European Association for Japanese Studies.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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