Call for Applicants: PhD Scholarship Japanese Studies, Ghent University (Edo culture/history)

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time, fully-funded 3-year PhD Fellowship at the University of Ghent. The successful candidate will work on the FWO-funded project The Ethical Body in Early Modern Japanese Health Cultivation, co-supervised by Prof. Andreas Niehaus and Dr. Angelika Koch at Ghent University, and he/she will be expected to complete his PhD on a topic related to Edo-period (1600-1868) health cultivation texts (yōjō). Please note that we are an international team and the language of the project and the dissertation is English; Dutch language skills are not expected.

The post will be tenable from Oct 1, 2019 for three years, with a monthly net bursary of minimum 2.015,51 Euro (depending on seniority/prior employment) and a generous fixed bench fee of 3.720 Euro per year (for fieldwork, research material, conference travel)

I would be extremely grateful if you could circulate this to interested students. For further details, please see the information attached below.

Contact details:

Dr. Angelika Koch

What we are looking for:


  • MA degree in Japanese Studies and/or Japanese History
  • Excellent modern and pre-modern Japanese language skills (bungo)
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in a team


  • Background or demonstrated interest in Tokugawa intellectual history

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with a team of international researchers
  • Guidance for PhD research by two experts on the subject of the early modern body/health
  • Training in advanced research skills (kuzushiji etc.)
  • Opportunity to gain teaching experience (in English)
  • Salary: annual bursary of minimum net 2.015,51 Euro + fixed annual bench fee of 3.720 Euro
  • An international and vibrant scholarly community at the University of Ghent, a Top 100 University in the beautiful medieval city of Ghent

What to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample (ideally your undergraduate thesis, or a seminar paper)
  • Topic proposal (max. 2 pages) (optional)

Application deadline is Feb 8, 2019.

For further enquiries:

Dr. Angelika Koch

About Paula

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