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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarship Program

Germany is one of the best countries for international students as education is free in all public universities and institutes in Germany. And if you can get scholarship then that’s icing on the cake. Good news is applications are now open for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarship Program 2023-2024. International students and foreign German students are eligible for this scholarship. Undergraduates and graduate degree programs in any state recognized German institute.

Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) offers fully funded scholarship program for international students. Each year 40 scholarships are awarded to students. Monthly stipend is also given and students with child also eligible for family support. Duration of the scholarship is maximum funding period to BAföG regulations So this is a great opportunity for students from all around the world to study for free in Germany.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is an organization dedicated to promoting democracy, peace, humanism, and social justice. Their mission is to make the world a better place through research, education, and dialogue that aims to provide students with the opportunity to study in Germany. .

Details:

Host CountryGermany
Host  instituteGerman Institutes
Funded byGerman Government
Scholarship CoverageFully funded
No. of Scholarships40
Available ProgramUndergraduates, Graduates
Deadline31, November 2022
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarship Program

Requirements & Eligibility Criteria

Following are the eligibility criteria to apply for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarship,

  • Students from Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America), post-Soviet states as well as eastern and south-eastern European (EU) countries can apply.
  • High academic record
  • Admission letter to study at a state or state-recognized higher education institution in Germany
  • Applicant must have 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
  • Candidates must show socio-political commitment and identification with the values ​​of social democracy
  • Applicants having following Personality traits,
    political thinking
    thirst for knowledge
    tolerance and openness
    team orientation
    critical ability
    self reflection

Scholarship Coverage

Scholarship covers following,

  • No tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend of 851 euros
  • Students with a child eligible for family allowance of 276 EUR per month
  • Medical Insurance

Required Documents:

  • Admission letter in any public German institute
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (Hand signed in europass format)
  • Copies of transcripts and degrees
  • Experience Letter or employment Letter
  • English Proficiency Certificate IELTS/ TOEFL and German Language (DSH-lvl2 Certificate)
  • Motivation or intention Letter of the candidates
  • Two Reference Letters

Application Deadline and Timeline

Following are the deadlines for Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) for undergraduates, master and PhD students, 31, September 2022 for winter semester and 30 April 2023 for summer semester.

Basic funding for Germans, foreign students and refugees

applicant groupsemester deadlinelate. Deadline, preferably earlier
first-year studentsbefore or at the beginning of the first university semesterWinter semester: late. until 31.10.
Summer semester: late. until 30.04.
master studentsbefore or at the beginning of the first semester of the master’s degreeWinter semester: late. until 31.10.
Summer semester: late. until 30.04.
Bachelor’s/Diplom/Magister students and students aiming for the state examinationafter the 1st semester and late. up to 3 semesters before the end of the standard period of study
medical studentsafter the 4th semester or after the physics course until the end of the 6th semester

Basic support for foreigners

applicant groupsemester deadlinelate. Deadline, preferably earlier
master studentsbefore or at the beginning of the first semester of the master’s degreeWinter semester: late. until 30.11.
Summer semester: late. until 31.05.
Bachelor’s/Diplom/Magister students and students aiming for the state examinationafter the 1st semester and late. up to 3 semesters before the end of the standard period of study
medical studentsafter the 4th semester or after the physics course until the end of the 6th semester

For PHD

Funding Programmeapplicant groupsemester deadlinelate. Deadline, preferably earlier
Doctoral funding for Germans, foreign students and refugeesPhD studentsat any timeup to approx. 2 years before delivery
Doctoral funding for foreignersPhD studentsat any timeup to approx. 2 years before delivery

How to apply

Step 1.

Fill online application form by visiting This Link. Fill the form mostly regarding education and family background.

Following are the Sample forms,

Sample application form for basic funding for first-year students (not for master’s students)

Sample application form for basic funding for Germans, foreign students and refugees

Sample application form for basic funding for foreigners

Sample application form for doctoral funding for Germans, foreign students and refugees

Sample application form for doctoral funding for foreigners

Step 2

After submitting online application form we will evaluate and if you are eligible for the scholarship you will be asked to submit further documents by email. You have three weeks to upload all the documents requested.

Step 3

Short listed candidates will be invited for two separate interviews, one with a liaison lecturer from your department and with a member of our selection committee. 

Step 4

The selection committee makes the final decision on acceptance into one of our programs.

Official Link

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