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EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students 2022

Call for Applications: 18th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students

Venue: Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Date: 23–26 August 2022

Project director: Prof. Dr. Ivona Barešová (Palacký University Olomouc)

Language for applications and during the workshop: English

The Application period is over.

The European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) invites doctoral students in all fields of Japan-related research (humanities and social sciences) to apply for the 18th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students (23–26 August 2022). The workshop will take place at Palacký University. The 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 multidisciplinary European network of advanced graduate students and senior scholars in Japanese Studies. The informal setting of the workshop provides a unique opportunity for participants to work intensively together to improve individual projects and engage in deep discussions on common themes and methods. Through presentations and focused sessions, participants give and receive critical feedback on dissertation projects, fieldwork plans and preliminary findings. Participants will be required to submit a report outlining their dissertation project prior to the workshop. Moreover, they will be asked to read the work of their peers and prepare for workshop presentations, thus linking their own work to the broader international field of Japanese Studies. 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 programs outside Europe are eligible. Accepted participants travelling to the workshop from outside Europe can expect a travel cost subsidy of up to 450 EUR. Doctoral Students from European universities that do not have major centers 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.

Your application must 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 18 March 2022. Selected candidates will be notified by May 2022.

Selected candidates will be required to send a project report (about 5000 words) to the project director by 1 July 2022.

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.

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 and the senior advisors. 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 until 30 September 2022.

Reports by participating scholars will be published on the EAJS website as well as in the EAJS Bulletin.

It is not necessary to be a paid EAJS member at the time of application. However, successful applicants need to be registered EAJS members by the time of the workshop.

Should a prolonged Covid-19 pandemic make it impossible to hold a physical workshop, we will switch to an online format.

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