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Update: Call for Applications: 16th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students

Following the postponement of the 16th EAJS PhD International Conference due to the Corona Pandemic, the EAJS has decided to postpone the EAJS PhD Workshop in Leuven also by one year. The workshop in Leuven will therefore probably take place from 22 to 25 August 2021 (TBC). In order that an EAJS PhD Workshop can still take place this year, we plan to hold the 16th EAJS PhD Workshop in Berlin in autumn 2020 instead. An exact date will be announced shortly. All applications received so far for the workshop originally taking place in Leuven will now be treated as applications for the replacement workshop in Berlin. The application deadline for this year's workshop will be extended by two months until June 16, 2020. If you have already submitted an application for the workshop and now wish to retract it due to the change of venue, please notify us at office[at]eajs.eu.


Venue: Freie Universitaet Berlin

Date: 28-31 October 2020

Project director: Verena Blechinger-Talcott and Urs Matthias Zachmann

Language for applications and during the workshop: English

Updated application deadline: 16 June 2020

To apply please visit our application portal.

The European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) invites doctoral students in all humanities and social sciences to apply for the 16th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students. The workshop will take place at FU Berlin from 28 to 31 October 2020. EAJS will cover the costs of travel (up to 400 EUR) and accommodation for the duration of the workshop for a group of 18-20 doctoral students and 4-5 senior scholars who will act as advisors.

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 extensive opportunity to discuss their projects 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 400 EUR 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 include:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A short cover letter (maximum 250 words), indicating why you wish to attend the workshop as well as the current state of progress of the doctoral work;
  • A summary of the dissertation project (maximum 500 words), explaining topic, relevance, research question, methodology, and current stage of the dissertation project.

These documents must be submitted via the application website by 16 June 2020. Selected candidates will be notified by end of July 2020.

Selected candidates will then be required to send a project report (about 5000 words) to the project director by September 2020 (exact date to follow).

This project report should have the following structure:

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

It goes without saying that the project report should conform to best academic practice (language, referencing, etc.). It will be the basis for short presentations on the individual research projects, for group presentations and discussions, and for the individual supervision.

Note that the second application stage will not be competitive. Each applicant who receives a request to send in a full project report will be accepted. However, an extension of the deadline for the project report will not be possible since all project reports need to be sent to all participants. Selected candidates who fail to submit their project report by the deadline will not be admitted to the workshop.

All selected candidates will furthermore be required to submit a short report (250-300 words) on their participation in the workshop.

Reports by participating scholars will appear on the EAJS website at www.eajs.eu as well as in the EAJS Bulletin.

Successful applicants also have to be members of the European Association for Japanese Studies by the time of the workshop.

For all enquiries please feel free to contact us via email at office[at]eajs.eu.