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PhD Fellowship Heidelberg-Tohoku

Dec 02, 2015

The Joint PhD degree programme at Heidelberg University, Germany, and Tohoku University, Japan, is now recruiting the next intake of doctoral students from Heidelberg University. Interested applicants can submit their documents by December 10. The next round of the programme will start in October 2016.

Students who are enrolled in a doctoral degree programme or will soon complete their M.A. degree at Heidelberg University are eligible to apply for a place on this double degree programme that enables one year of research and study abroad at Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan) with a monthly stipend of about 1000 euro and provides an annual research grant. People not yet studying at Heidelberg may also apply under the condition that they are accepted by a professor from Heidelberg as a doctoral student prior to October 2016. The formal application period of Tohoku University is from December 1st, 2015 to January 5th, 2016 when all required official documents must be received by the deadline in Japan. All interested applicants should consult with Ms Christina Pietsch for further information and submit their application files for Heidelberg review by December 10, 2015. Ten doctoral students from the Tohoku partner universities will start their research stay in Japan on October 2016 and obtain a double degree with their home university.

The Joint PhD degree programme at Heidelberg University, Germany, and Tohoku University, Japan, is a three-year doctoral programme offering international access to an interdisciplinary research environment. Students participating in the Joint PhD programme spend the first and third year at their home institution, the Cluster, and their second year as regular doctoral candidates at Tohoku University, Japan. Upon successful completion of their third year of studies, students will be conferred a PhD degree by both universities.

Tohoku University is one of the foremost research universities in Japan, and like Heidelberg University, it is a member of the HeKKSAgon German-Japanese six university alliance. For many years the Heidelberg Faculty of Philosophy has had an intensive student exchange with Tohoku University and by now several scholars who had previously worked in Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University have taken up faculty positions at Tohoku University (Orion Klautau and Sebastian Maslow). This double degree programme is with the Faculty of Law, which encompasses a large range of subjects such as history, international relations and part of the humanities. Heidelberg University also has a good cooperative relationship with the Graduate School of Letters that is in the process of establishing an international graduate school in Japanese Studies as part of the Hasekura project.

For more information, please visit the programme website


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