Job Opening: Two Doctoral Stipends Offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

job opening - 5The DFG Research Training Group 1613/2 Risk and East Asia invites applications for Two Doctoral Stipends Offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

in the DFG Research Training Group 1613/2 Risk and East Asia. These positions are available from April 2015 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).

The research program of the DFG Research Training Group Risk and East Asia is aimed at understanding how large processes of economic, political and social institutional change play out in East Asian, as compared to European, national and regional contexts. Participating researchers examine the impact of market transformations, individualization, decentralization and transnationalization processes on shifts in the responsibility for and governance of risks from states to markets, public to private bodies, and collective to individual actors. The doctoral curriculum in the first year provides extensive training in economic and social scientific methods. In the economics part of the program this includes extensive training in experimental methods.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers, under its Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP), two doctoral stipends at IN-EAST. We invite applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Sociology or East Asian degree programs with a strong social-scientific component. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion and demonstrate advanced language skills in Chinese or Japanese.

Doctoral scholarship holders receive, in accordance with DAAD guidelines, a basic monthly stipend of 1,000 Euros, a travel allowance, a combined health, accident and liability insurance, allowances for study and research, where applicable rent and family allowances, as well as financial support for a pre-sessional language course. Additional funding is available for field research in East Asia.

The Doctoral degrees are conferred by the Faculty of Social Sciences (Political Science, Sociology) or the Faculty of Business Administration/Mercator School of Management.

The Research Training Group Risk and East Asia is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and forms part of the inter-faculty Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) at the University Duisburg-Essen. IN-EAST offers degree programs at the BA and MA levels, combining disciplinary studies in Economics, Political Science and Sociology with Chinese and Japanese Studies. IN-EAST has recently been awarded funding by the German Ministry of Education and Research for a new School of Advanced Studies, with extensive support for post-doctoral research. The Research Training Group 1613/2 cooperates internationally with the White Rose East Asia Centre at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield in the UK, Renmin and Nankai Universities in China, the University of Tokyo in Japan and the German Institute for Japan Studies, Tokyo. In some training measures we cooperate with the FU Berlin Graduate School of East Asian Studies funded by the German Excellence Initiative.

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (see It aims at increasing the share of female faculty members and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women with equal qualifications will, in accordance with state equality legislation, be given priority. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply (see § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX).

The eligibility criteria include: A recent MA-level degree in politics, sociology or economics or in East Asian regional studies with a focus on social-science or economics approaches, as well as fluency in English and Chinese or Japanese. Applicants must not have stayed in Germany for more than 14 months prior to application. The working language at IN-EAST is English, and knowledge of German is not a requirement, but is encouraged. The qualifying degree must not have been awarded more than six years before application. The stipends are normally for a three year period. Students from countries categorized as “developing and emerging economies” may be eligible for a fourth year.

The application deadline is June 1st, 2014. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview (by Skype) within a month of the application deadline. The application procedure takes place in two stages: First, submit your application to Ms. Maike Müller (, including a c.v., a letter of motivation, a brief research proposal, and copies of degree certificates (with grades). Please ask your referees to email letters of reference (template available on http:/// direct to Ms. Maike Müller. If short-listed, you will be required to upload your application to the DAAD submission system. IN-EAST will make a shortlist, while DAAD will make the final choice.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Ms. Maike Müller ( or Prof. Flemming Christiansen, PhD ( about the preparation of their applications.


The Research Training Group 1613/2 is funded by the German Research Foundation. For information about this program, see

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