Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships 2024 Germany

Exciting news! Applications for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships are now open. In this article, we’ll explore the details of the scholarship program, its benefits, and the application process.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation Scholarships for the academic year 2024-2025 are now fully funded. These scholarships are available for undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Germany. Successful applicants will receive a monthly stipend of up to EUR 850, along with coverage for health insurance expenses, and, if applicable, allowances for family and dependents.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung scholarships will be awarded to a maximum of 40 outstanding students. Recipients will also participate in a comprehensive seminar program aimed at enhancing their social and academic skills. Students from all fields of study are eligible to apply, provided they have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements, a strong interest in studying in Germany, and a commitment to social democratic principles.

Interesting Facts about the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Welcome to Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation eV, and thank you for your interest in us. Here, you’ll find information about our organization, our commitments, and the services we offer. You can register for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung events in person or online, explore our publications, and engage in discussions on our social media platforms.

Who We Are: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is the oldest political foundation in Germany. We are named after Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected head of state in German history. As a political foundation, our work is guided by the core values of social democracy: freedom, justice, and solidarity. As a non-profit institution, we operate independently and aim to foster inclusive social dialogue on the contemporary political challenges.

We consider ourselves integral to the social democratic values ​​and the labor movement in Germany and globally. Through our efforts both domestically and internationally, we empower individuals to engage in shaping their communities and advocate for social democracy.

With approximately 670 dedicated employees, we uphold our mission statement from our headquarters in Bonn and Berlin, as well as in 15 state and regional offices across Germany, and in over 100 international representations worldwide.

Scholarship Highlights

  • Study Level: Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Diploma
  • University / Organization Name: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
  • Study in: Germany
  • Opportunity Focus Areas: Many courses are supported, but not pure study abroad programs outside the EU
  • Program Duration: Maximum funding period corresponds to Befog regulations
  • Application Deadline:
    • Bachelor / Diploma / Magister students as well as students aiming for a state examination: After the 1st semester and later. up to 3 semesters before the end of the standard period of study
    • Medical students: After the 4th semester or after the physics until the end of the 6th semester
    • Masters: April 30, 2024, for summer semester / October 31, 2024, for winter semester
    • PhD students: At any time

Scholarship Benefits

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Scholarships provide the recipients with the following benefits:

  • Monthly Stipend of EUR 750 in a Bachelor’s, Diploma, Magister or state examination program
  • Monthly Stipend of EUR 850 in a Master’s course.
  • Costs for health insurance are funded and scholars with a child receive a family allowance of EUR 276.
  • The scholarship does not have to be repaid.

Eligibility for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships

To be eligible for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Required Languages is English / German
  • Eligible Countries are Gifted students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe
  • The candidates’ aptitudes and personalities show excellent promise for an academic or professional career.
  • Admission to study or enrolment at a state or state-recognized higher-education institution in Germany
  • Sufficient knowledge of German, although the courses are held in English. This means a ‘Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschul zinging’ 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
  • Candidates are expected to show commitment to the values of social democracy.
  • Above-average performance in school and studies
  • Personality – we are looking for applicants with the following:
    • political thinking
    • Thirst for knowledge
    • Tolerance and openness
    • Team orientation
    • Critical ability
    • self reflection

How to Apply for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships?

Please follow the following application instructions to avail the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung scholarship:

Please follow the following application instructions to avail this scholarship:

Step-1: Simply fill out our online application. We will ask you a few questions about your professional and family background – no further documents are required. If you feel unsure or need to talk to us before applying, you can contact our approximately 480 trusted lecturers. (Note: Please note the deadlines and dates!) You can get a sample here:

Step-2: If you are eligible for a scholarship, we will request further documents from you by email: two expert reports from university professors as well as information about your previous education and your socio-political commitment. First-year students (not master’s students) in their first university semester submit two reports from former teachers.

You have three weeks to upload the documents upon our request. For the reports, if necessary after consultation with us, six weeks. We advise you to put the documents together while you wait for our response.

You can find a list of the required documents as well as instructions for preparing reports in the following PDF downloads :

  • First-year students (not Master’s students): Information sheet for applications Basic funding for first-year students at the beginning of the 1st university semester (Germans, foreign students, and refugees); Reports from high school teachers or vocational school teachers 
  • Basic funding: Information sheet for applications for basic funding (Germans, foreign students, and refugees who are not first-year students or nationals and foreigners after the 1st semester); Reports from university professors
  • Doctoral funding: Information sheet for applications for doctoral funding (Germans, foreigners, and foreigners); Report from the supervisor of your dissertation as well as another expert report from a second university professor

Step-3: If you are shortlisted, we would also like to get to know you personally. We invite you to two interviews: with a trusted lecturer from your department and with a member of our selection committee. Tips for preparing for the selection interviews can be found here. The list of all liaison lecturers and selection committee members of the FES study funding can be found in the FES annual report, which is updated at the beginning of each year and published on the FES homepage.

Step-4: The selection committee makes the final decision about acceptance into one of our programs. The committee meets several times a year.

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