The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Scholarship Program

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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Scholarship Program
One of the FES’s original tenets has been the development of youthful talent. The earliest scholarships went to young people from working-class backgrounds who had exceptional talent and were actively participating in the Weimar Republic’s fledgling democracy.

Therefore, the FES considers the applicants’ personal attitudes and social and political activity in addition to their academic accomplishments when making its selection.

Who is qualified?

  • Students from polytechnic colleges and public or state-approved universities are supported by the FES. It is compatible with postgraduate courses and all academic subjects. Students from other countries are also eligible to apply for the scholarship program. However, at the time of application, they must be enrolled in German schools.
  • International Student Scholarships from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Description of the Program

The Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America), post-Soviet republics, and eastern and south-eastern European (EU) nations are the origins of the applicants. Students in any subject area who meet the following requirements: they must have outstanding academic standing, want to study in Germany, and are devoted to and uphold the principles of social democracy. Scholarships are given to students who excel academically and come with a full seminar program to help them improve their intellectual and social abilities. An additional advantage of the sponsorship is personalized assistance from an on-site liaison lecturer. Up to 40 students can get FES sponsorships each year. In addition to receiving funding for health insurance, they receive a monthly payment of 830 EUR (for students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Diplom, Master’s, and state examination programs) or 850 EUR (for students in Master’s programs). Students get a family allowance of 276 EUR if they have children. There is no requirement to repay the scholarship.

Target Group

  • Especially talented students from post-Soviet republics, nations in the Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America), and countries in eastern and south-eastern Europe (EU). T
  • The aptitudes and personalities of the candidates are quite promising for careers in academia or business. Additionally, candidates should demonstrate their dedication to the principles of social democracy.

Academic prerequisites

Enrollment in a German state-run or state-recognized university above average in terms of academic performance and study habits, as well as first-grade certificates of academic success
adequate command of German, even though the classes are taught in English.

This includes a “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” of at least level 4, a “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” of at least DSH level 2, a “Zertifikat C 1” from a Goethe Institute, the “Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz” on level II, or Telc C1 Hochschule.

Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually.

Value of Scholarships

A base monthly payment of 830 EUR (for Bachelor’s/Diplom/Magister/state examination programs) or 850 EUR (for Master’s programs) is given to international students. Furthermore, health insurance premiums are covered, and students who have children are given a family stipend of 276 EUR. There is no requirement to repay the scholarship.

Paper Applications

You can find all application forms here, along with further details on the application process.

For more information, visit The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Scholarship Program official website

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