Applicants can be from countries in the Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America), post-Soviet states as well as eastern and south-eastern European (EU) countries. Students from various disciplines are eligible to apply, provided they demonstrate excellent academic merit and an immense interest in studying in Germany, are committed to the values of social democracy and live by them. Scholarships are awarded to highly-performing students and include a comprehensive seminar programme to help enhance the candidates’ social competencies and academic skills. Individual support by an on-site liaison lecturer is another benefit of the sponsorship. Each year up to 40 students are awarded FES sponsorships.
Please note that this scholarship programme particularly targets gifted students from countries in the Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America), post-Soviet states as well as eastern and south-eastern European (EU) countries. The candidates’ aptitudes and personalities offer excellent promise for an academic or professional career.
Admission to study or enrollment at a state or state-recognized higher education institution in Germany
Sufficient knowledge of German, even if the courses are held in English. This means a “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” of at least DSH level 2, a “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” of at least level 4, a “Zertifikat C 1” by a Goethe Institute, the “Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz” on level II or Telc C1 Hochschule
Outstanding school or academic merit (where required: first graded proofs of academic achievement)
Applicants should possess sociopolitical engagement and identification with the values of social democracy; above-average performance in school and studies; political thinking; thirst for knowledge; tolerance and openness; ability to work as a team; critical thinking; and self-reflection.
Responsible, motivated and reliable individuals willing to get involved with the Foundation’s network
Under the prestigious Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship, around 40 scholarships are granted with the following benefits:
International students receive a monthly base amount of 861 EUR.
The cost of health insurance gets covered.
Scholars with a child receive a family allowance of 276 EUR.
A monthly flat-rate study fee of €300 euros, which all scholars can freely use.
The scholarship does not have to be repaid.
The Foundation supports stays abroad during the funding period – through subsidies for travel expenses, tuition fees and international health insurance, especially for study or research stay, language courses and internships of up to 12 months.
Applications may be submitted at any time; there are, however, specific timelines which are detailed here.
For further information regarding the scholarship, click here.