Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Germany
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
  • Funded by: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
  • Tuition Type: Full and Partial tuition
  • Degree Program: Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Diploma
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies depending on the program
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 31 October and 30 April (Annually)

Scholarship Benefits

Scholars enrolled in Bachelor’s, Diploma, Magister, or state examination programs receive a monthly allowance of EUR 750. Those pursuing a Master’s course are provided with a monthly allowance of EUR 850. The scholarship also covers health insurance expenses, and scholars who have a child are entitled to a family allowance of EUR 276. Importantly, the scholarship is a grant, which means it does not require repayment.


Eligibility for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Scholarships requires candidates to fulfill the criteria outlined below:

  • Required Languages: Proficiency in English and/or German.
  • Eligible Countries: The program is open to talented students from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
  • Academic and Professional Potential: Candidates should exhibit potential for success in their academic or professional paths.
  • University Admission: Applicants must have secured admission or be currently enrolled at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education in Germany.
  • German Language Proficiency: Even if the instruction is in English, applicants must have a good command of the German language. This is evidenced by passing the ‘Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang’ (DSH) at level 2, the ‘Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache’ (TestDaf) at level 4, or obtaining a ‘Zertifikat C1’ from a Goethe Institute.
  • Commitment to Social Democracy Values: Candidates should demonstrate an alignment with the principles of social democracy.
  • Academic Excellence: An above-average record in previous academic courses and studies is required.
  • Personal Qualities: FES looks for applicants who are characterized by:
  • Engaged and politically-minded thinking
  • A keen desire for knowledge
  • Tolerance, openness, and inclusivity
  • A sense of teamwork and community
  • A capacity for critical thinking and analysis
  • An ability for self-reflection and personal growth

How to apply

Here are steps to apply:

Step 1:

Complete the online application form. During this process, you will be asked to provide information regarding your professional experience and family background. There’s no need to submit any documents at this stage.

If you have any questions or require assistance before submitting your application, feel free to reach out to one of our approximately 480 trusted lecturers for guidance.

Step 2:

Should you qualify for the scholarship, we will require additional documentation. You will receive an email requesting the following items:

   – Two expert evaluations from university professors.

   – Detailed information regarding your prior educational background.

   – Evidence of your socio-political engagement.

For those who are in their first university semester as first-year students (excluding Master’s candidates), two evaluations from former school teachers are to be submitted instead of those from university professors.

You will be given a three-week period to collect and upload these documents once we make the request. For the expert evaluations, you may be allowed up to six weeks to submit them, especially if you need to coordinate with us.

It is advisable to start gathering these documents in advance while anticipating our response, to ensure you can meet the submission deadlines.

Step 3:

Personal Interviews: Being shortlisted means we are interested in learning more about you. We will invite you to participate in two interviews:

   – The first interview will be with a trusted lecturer associated with your field of study.

   – The second interview will be with a member of our selection committee.

To prepare for these interviews, we provide helpful tips on our website. You can find a comprehensive list of all liaison lecturers and selection committee members involved in the FES study funding in the FES annual report. This report is updated at the start of each year and can be accessed on the FES homepage.

Step 4:

Final Decision: The last step is the selection committee’s final decision regarding your acceptance into one of our programs. The committee convenes multiple times throughout the year to review applications and make their selections.

For more information regarding the application process, click here.

Official Website