Scholarship Programmes

Many thanks for your interest in the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s scholarship programmes!

Please note: You cannot apply for a scholarship if you are not already staying and studying in Germany as well as if you don’t have proofed sufficient German language skills

Our Rules at a Glance

We provide funding for:

  • All fields of study, including artistic degree courses
  • First degree courses Bachelor’s/diplomas/state examinations
  • Master’s/postgraduate programmes
  • Doctoral degrees

Information on our programmes:

We expect:

  • Enrolment at a state or state-recognised university, higher education institution or university of applied sciences
  • Proof of sufficient German language skills
  • Good performance in school or with course of studies
  • Socio-political commitment
  • Identification with the fundamental values of social democracy.

Further information can be found at:

Requirements for foreign students:

  • You are already studying in Germany at the time of your application.
  • Bachelor’s students must submit their first graded performance records.
  • German language skills are absolutely necessary and must be proven.

Requirements for Germans, foreign nationals with a German university entrance qualification, and refugees:

  • You have German citizenship.
  • You obtained your access to higher education in Germany, but do not have a German passport.
  • You are a refugee.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung does not provide funding for:

  • Further training as a psychological psychotherapist
  • Short-term stays abroad
  • Project proposals
  • Short-term course of study (less than 3 semesters, for example 2-semester Master’s degree programmes)
  • Research visits
  • Trainee programmes
  • University preparatory courses
  • Medical studies up to an including the preliminary (medical) examination
  • Doctoral degree and further education and training in the medical field
  • Training to become a physiotherapist
  • Final stages of a degree course/doctoral degree
  • Postdoctoral projects
  • Study abroad programmes outside the EU
  • Extra-occupational or part-time course of study

Unless you already have scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, we do not provide funding for:

  • Language courses
  • Second degrees
  • Internships and summer schools

Student groups that are particularly important to us:

Women, students from STEM subjects, students at universities of applied sciences, first-time graduates (= students who are the first person in their family to attend higher education), students from immigrant families

Applications are submitted in German:

Applications are submitted in German because German language skills are a requirement for a scholarship.

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