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Two fully funded PhD positions in East and South-East Asian Studies

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The programme is four-year long (240 credits) and combines courses (60 credits) with a thesis (180 credits).

East and South-East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary subject that focuses on present-day socio-political issues and developments and can include a range of topics concerning phenomena and processes in the region as a whole as well as in individual countries. The subject integrates theoretical and methodological perspectives from area studies with different humanities and social sciences disciplines. Please see here for more information

Application deadline March 1, 2020

Please find the general study plan here (PDF)

More information and information on how to apply can be found here


Before writing your application

Carefully read the instructions in the announcement and note all of the materials that your application must include.

It is also recommended that applicants read the description of the research profile at the Centre before applying to the graduate program in order to obtain a broader awareness of the types of research carried out at present. It should, however, be noted that it is up to each applicant to define their own field of future research in the proposal submitted with the application. The topic of East and South-East Asian Studies is broad and can cover both regional and country focused studies as long as it relates to contemporary issues. It does not include language studies or literature. Please also read the Ph.D. study plan carefully.

In the obligatory research proposal you should clearly define the objective of your PhD research, and explain how it will contribute to the field of study you are interested in. You should have a clear research question/problem and relate your research objective to both past and on-going research in your field of interest and indicate the theoretical perspective(s) you anticipate to work with. The proposal should also contain a methodological discussion explaining how and what type of material you will work with. Please note that the list of literature references that you include with your proposal is not counted as part of the 1500 word limit.

We will not offer any advice or comments on your proposed topics or research proposal. The applicants are ranked based on their earlier merits as well as on the quality and relevance of the research proposal for graduate studies. Therefore, in order to be assessed, all the necessary documents (including earlier Bachelor’s and Master’s theses as well as other possible publications) must be attached to the application. We also anticipate to interview those candidates who have been shortlisted.