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40 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN GERMANY

Updated: Jun 6

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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany, that supports and strengthens social democracy by providing scholarship programs for talented young people, in particular for students and doctoral candidates from low-income families. The FES supports students to study in public or state-approved universities and from polytechnical colleges. It supports all academic subjects and postgraduate programmes.


Students in any subject area are eligible to apply, if they demonstrate excellent school or academic merit, wish to study in Germany, are committed to the values of social democracy and live by them. Scholarships are awarded to highly-performing students and include a comprehensive seminar programme to help enhance the candidates' social competences and academic skills. Individual support by an on-site liaison lecturer is another benefit of the sponsorship. Each year up to 40 students are awarded FES sponsorships. They are paid a monthly amount of 861 EUR and costs for health insurance are funded. Students with a child receive a family allowance of 276 EUR. The scholarship does not have to be repaid.

Target Group

Particularly gifted students from countries in the Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America), post-Soviet states as well as eastern and south-eastern European (EU) countries. The candidates' aptitudes and personalities show excellent promise for an academic or professional career. Moreover, candidates are expected to show commitment to the values of social democracy.


Academic Requirements

  • admission to study or enrolment at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany

  • 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


Application Requirements

  • outstanding school or academic merit (where required: first graded proofs of academic achievement)

  • social and political involvement and commitment to the values of social democracy

  • responsible, motivated, reliable individuals willing to get involved with the Foundation's network

  • 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


HOW TO APPLY

Before applying, you need to have:


  • for basic funding :

  • Confirmation of a place on a course or certificate of enrollment at a state or state-recognized German (technical) university for the course of study for which you wish to be funded

  • Foreign applicants must also provide evidence of sufficient German language skills

  • First-year students (German and foreign students) apply before or at the beginning of the first semester and need two references from teachers for the further application process

  • for doctoral funding :

  • Unconditional notification of admission to the doctoral scholarship

  • Foreign applicants must also provide evidence of sufficient German language skills


How to apply:

  1. Step 1: Simply fill out the online application, where you will be asked a few questions about your professional and family background – no other documents are required at this stage.

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

  3. Step 3: If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to two interviews : with a liaison lecturer from your department and with a member of the selection committee.

  4. Step 4: The selection committee makes the final decision on admission

APPLY: https://www2.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/?detail=10000153

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