The promotion of young talent has been one of the founding principles of the FES. At the time when Friedrich Ebert was elected as the first president of the Weimar Republic, it was almost impossible for talented children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to study at universities or take part in research programmes. 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.
The FES supports
- all academic subjects
- students from public or state-approved universities and from universities of applied sciences/polytechnical colleges (FH)
- postgraduate programmes (PhD)
The FES does not support
- second degree courses
- study visits outside Germany
- final phases of academic studies
- postgraduate courses in medicine
Applications will be accepted no later than
- diploma / magister / state examination: by the end of 6th semester
- Bachelor/ undergraduate programmes: until 3 semesters before finishing the standard period of study (if 6 semesters by the end of 3rd semester; if 7 semesters by the end of 4rd semester)
- postgraduate/ Master programmes: till the 4th of a april/ 31rd october.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
Who is eligible
For the FES, service to the common good deserves recognition. It is therefore not only the applicants' academic achievement but their social and political involvement and personal attitudes that play an important part in the selection process.
This year, about 2.700 students and postgraduates will receive a grant from FES.
The FES also supports foreign applicants who are already studying, or doing their postgraduate studies, in Germany at the time of application. Up to 40 students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe may qualify for the scholarship programme every year with the exception of those who are already receiving some support from public sources.
Since foreign scholarship holders will receive an extensive social and political side programme, German language proficiency is crucial even when the study programme itself (M/B) is carried out in English.
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
Foreign scholarship holders receive:
- 650 € per month (basic scholarship programme) / 1000 € per month (graduate scholarship programme)
- 276 € of family allowance, if applicable
- refund of health care costs
- any income exceeding 400 € per month will be credited against the scholarship.