Specific measures including the course programme, measures guiding the design and implementation of fieldwork in East Asia and specific or supplementary career development measures, span the four-year cycle. Courses and other formats with obligatory attendance are combined with electives for the researchers to choose from, for their individual advancement. As attendance is obligatory for most of these measures, the participating researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers gain exposure to experts and research beyond their own discipline/country focus, thus acquiring a broader, interdisciplinary qualification.

Timeline of the Qualification Programme (Cohort I)

YearMilestones and EventsDidactic ProgrammeThesis Writing and Supervision


October: Start of Programme for Cohort IObligatory:
Seminar “Theories and Research Methods on Future Conceptions”, taught by all participating researchers

Obligatory: Research Colloquium

First Formal Supervisory Meeting with both supervisors, submission of Draft Proposal
Key skills and complementary courses, see Table 4.2.

Academic Writing

Literature Review and Research Question due 15 January
Research design and methods due 15 May.

Presentation practice one week before Proposal Workshop

June Proposal Workshop Obligatory:
Peer teaching on Fieldwork OR Archival and Library research (RUB, UDE)
Milestone 1: Completion of Full ProposalElective:
Summer School (Europe, UK) on specific topic/ method of each doctoral researcher.
Second Formal Supervisory Meeting with both supervisors


September: Fieldwork / Archival and Library Research in East Asia (6–12 months) including Two Virtual Field Retreats (Zoom video conference) of all doctoral researchers and the post-doctoral researcher with supervisors and hosts at the partner institutions in September and FebruaryElective:
Seminar OR Workshop OR

Workgroup attendance at guest University

Regular contact to be maintained with supervisors and/or scientific coordinator: Monthly Zoom Meetings
Language training in target region
Third Formal Supervisory Meeting after return from fieldwork
Research Colloquium


Milestone 2:
October: Fieldwork Results Workshop

[Cohort II starts the programme]

Research Colloquium for all participants of the RTG after return from fieldwork

Electives: Advanced Key Skills,
see Table 4.2.

Workshops in Europe/ UK on specific topic / method of each graduate researcher (To be selected in consultation with the supervisor)

February (2026): Joint Event (film series, exhibition): Cohort I and II
Milestone 3:
June Preliminary Results Workshop
Voluntary / recommended: Conference attendance

Obligatory: Participation in project-specific workshops on the four subthemes organized by postdoc, associated postdocs and doctoral researchers

Fourth Formal Supervisory Meeting


June: Final Presentation WorkshopElectives:
Research Career Day, Mentoring Academic Research (RAR)
Writing up of dissertation, regular and frequent supervision meetings
Milestone 4:
Thesis Submission

Course overview

Courses Specific to the RTG  
TypeDuration / FrequencyContentsTarget GroupLocationProspective Instructor/sParticipation
Seminar2 h / weekly (year 1)Theories on Future conceptions and research methodsdoctoral researcherRUB/UDEall participating researchersObligatory
Workshop2 h / 4 times (year 1)Fieldwork/ archival and library trainingdoctoral researcherRUB/UDERUB/OAW and UDE/IN-EAST PostdocsObligatory
Complementary Courses  
TypeDuration/FrequencyContentsTarget GroupLocationProspective InstructorParticipation
Summer Schoolsapprox. 3 weeks in July/August (year 1 and/or 2)individual/ specific topic/method of each doctoral researcherdoctoral researchersEurope, UK Elective
Seminars2 h / weekly (year 1 and/or 3)Methods in humanities (history, philosophy, linguistics, religious studies) and social sciences (sociology, political sciences, economics)doctoral researchersRUB and UDEFaculty (professors and teachers)Elective
Language Course4 h / weekly (year 1 and/or 3)English for colloquial and academic communicationdoctoral researchers (for non-native speakers)RUB and UDELanguage teachersAs required
Language Course4 h / weekly (year 1 and/or 2)Specific language training for academic communication and for fieldwork (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)doctoral researchers (non-native speakers)target region of fieldworkLanguage teachersObligatory
Key Skills Training Courses  
TypeDuration/FrequencyContentsTarget GroupLocationProspective InstructorParticipation
Workshop4 h / 3 days (year 1)Reading and writing skillsdoctoral researchersRUBRUB RSElective
Workshop6 h / 3 days (year 1 and/or 3)Academic writing skillsdoctoral researchersUDEUDE GC PlusObligatory
Workshop8 h / 2 days (year 3)Advanced and effective communicationdoctoral researchersRUBRUB RSElective
Workshop6 h / 3 days (year 3)Scientific presentationsdoctoral researchersRUBRUB RSElective
Workshop8 h / 2 days (year 3)Networking strategiesdoctoral researchersUDEUDE GC PlusElective
Workshop8 h / 2 days (year 3)Academic postersdoctoral researchersUDEUDE GC PlusElective
Workshop6 h / 1 day
(year 3)
Academic Careersdoctoral researchers / postdocRUBRAR/RUB RSElective
Mentoring programme2 years
(year 3 and 4)
Academic careers for female researchersfemale doctoral researchers / postdocRUB / TUD / UDERARElective
Workshop4 h / 1 day
(year 1 and/or 3)
Training course on the collec-tion, storage, editing and sustainable provision of research datadoctoral researchers / postdocRUBRUB Workgroup Research Data ManagementObligatory
Training on Good Scientific Practice  
TypeDuration/FrequencyContentsTarget GroupLocationProspective InstructorParticipation
Workshop2 full days / once
(year 1)
Good scientific practicedoctoral researchersUDEUDE GC PlusObligatory