2023/2024 FES Scholarship Application Form

Last Updated on February 14, 2023

FES Scholarship

FES Scholarship Program 2023 is now open for applications. It is a fully funded scholarship for all students sponsored by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

About FES Scholarship Program

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925.

The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President.

With the foundation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in 1925, the first scholarships were awarded to particularly talented young individuals from a working class milieu who were taking an active part in the young democracy of the Weimar Republic.

To address social disadvantages by supporting students who actively work for freedom, justice and social cohesion in their commitment to social democracy, or will do so in future, continues to be one of the aims of the FES.

Aim and Benefits of the FES Scholarship Program


Foreign scholarship holders receive:

1. 934 € per month (basic scholarship program) / 1.200 € per month (graduate scholarship program).

2. 276 € of family allowance, if applicable.

3. Refund of health care costs.

4. Any income exceeding 400 € per month will be credited against the scholarship.


FES expects scholarship holders:

1. To participate in extra-curricular seminars and activities of FES campus groups on a regular basis.

2. To achieve above-average results in their degree courses.

3. To continue and intensify their socio-political commitment.

Requirements for FES Scholarship Program

1. Required Languages: English / German.

2. Eligible Countries: Gifted students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

3. The candidates’ aptitudes and personalities show excellent promise for an academic or professional career.

4. Admission to study or enrolment at a state or state-recognized higher-education institution in Germany.

5. Sufficient knowledge of German, although 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 or a ‘Zertifikat C 1’ by a Goethe Institute.

6. Candidates are expected to show commitment to the values of social democracy.

7. Above-average performance in school and studies.

8. Personality – They are looking for applicants with the following:

a). Political thinking.

b). Thirst for knowledge.

c). Tolerance and openness.

d). Team orientation.

e). Critical ability.

f). Self reflection.

Selection Criteria

The FES supports:

1. All academic subjects.

2. Students from public or state-approved universities and from universities of applied sciences/polytechnical colleges (FH).

3. Postgraduate program(PhD).

The FES does not support:

1. Second degree courses.

2. Study visits outside Germany.

3. Final phases of academic studies.

4. Postgraduate courses in medicine.


Application Deadline: Not Specified.

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