Institute of East Asian Studies

DFG Projects at IN-EAST

The DFG (German Research Foundation) also provides a significant amount of funding for the research at IN-EAST by supporting and funding the research training group on “Risk and East Asia” and a number of research projects under the DFG’s individual grants programme.

Research Training Group 1613 – Risk and East Asia

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia” was positively evaluated in 2013 by the DFG review panel and the funding period extended for another four and a half years up to 2018. The report concluded that the training group, which is firmly anchored in social sciences and economics, “… distinguishes […] itself favorably from the common mainly philological approaches, in particular with regard to research on China.” Extension of the research training group was therefore expected to bring with it further important impetus for area studies in Germany. 

The research programme is built on strong international collaboration. One of its key innovations is the “mobile training” concept, in which intensive research and field work are organized at Renmin University of China and the University of Tokyo with the participation of East Asian peers and prominent scholars to prepare doctoral candidates for their own research projects in the region. Numerous international scholars regularly take up invitations from the research training group and contribute through workshops and lectures to the young researchers’ education and training at IN-EAST. The first cohorts of doctoral fellows have successfully completed their provsjects. Funding period: 2014–2018.