The AREA Ruhr Doctoral Programme

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 up until today. By applying transnational and comparative approaches to the study of East Asia, the programme looks beyond national borders, seeking to unleash the potential of combining humanities and social sciences, as well as to base research projects on interdisciplinary perspectives. Participating scholars allocate their research within three larger sub-themes related to transnationalisation:

  • transnational labour
  • regional institution building
  • transcultural identities and institutions: universalization and localization.

Supported by MERCUR, AREA Ruhr now invites applications for up to two doctoral stipends to study Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia beginning in the Winter Term 2018/19.

Detailed Information on the sub-themes can be found here.

What our Programme offers

Each member of the AREA Ruhr Doctoral Programme enjoys (among other things):

  • extensive training in disciplinary perspectives on transnationalisation in East Asia
  • approximately five-months of fully-funded field research in East Asia (a network of East Asian partner institutions exists)
  • extensive academic guidance and support by a team of supervisors
  • opportunities to present and debate their research with peers and senior scholars at research seminars and thematic workshops
  • a basic monthly stipend of 1,365 Euros

Depending on the research focus, doctoral degree certificates will be awarded by the Faculty of East Asian Studies (Ruhr University Bochum), the Faculty of Social Sciences, or the Mercator School of Management (both University of Duisburg-Essen).

We invite applications from highly qualified graduates from the social sciences, business and economic studies, the humanities, or East Asian studies programmes. Candidates must hold an excellent Master’s degree in one of these fields, and demonstrate advanced language skills in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

Application Submissions

If you are interested in applying, please submit:

  • a cover letter stating how your proposal fits the doctoral programme’s profile as well as a specific sub-theme and how your skills meets the requirements of the planned research,
  • an outline of your dissertation project of approximately 1.500 words (plus references),
  • a copy of your MA thesis (pdf file),
  • a curriculum vitae with a detailed description of your academic profile,
  • copies of all relevant certificates such as university degree, language and methods training certificates,
  • two reference contacts including email addresseses from university teachers.

Please note that at the moment no stipends are awarded