2021 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships for International Bachelors, Masters and PhD Students in German Universities

Applications are invited for 2021 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships for International Bachelors, Masters and PhD Students in German Universities. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung makes available scholarships to both Germans and overseas international students who wish to undertake Bachelors, Masters or PhD studies in German universities or technical colleges. Studies could be in any subject. The Foundation supports young talents who want to advance their personal development and be among the best in their field. The Foundation is looking for individuals committed to socio-political goals.

  • Scholarship details
  • Type: Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree
  • Study Locations: German universities and technical colleges
  • Level/Field(s) of study: Bachelors, Masters or PhD degrees in any subject, except for those mentioned at this link.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not specified
  • Target group: International students from all over the world. The Foundation particularly supports students with limited financial opportunities or who come from families with a migration background.
  • Scholarship worth: Scholars receive up to €744 per month. In addition, there is a monthly flat-rate study fee of €300 euros, which all scholars can freely use. Depending on the applicant’s situation, scholars may also receive a contribution to health insurance of up to €71 and long-term care insurance of up to €15 per month. Scholars with children can receive a family allowance of €155 euros per month. The scholarship does not have to be repaid. The Foundation supports stays abroad during the funding period – through subsidies for travel expenses, tuition fees and international health insurance, especially for study or research stays, language courses and internships of up to 12 months.
  • Application Deadline: 30 Nov 2020/31 May 2021 (Annual)


  • Applicants could be Germans, foreign students with education or those with refugee status.
  • Applicants should be individuals committed to society, for example, in active participation in the student council, youth work, participation in associations and NGOs or in political organizations that are appropriate to the tenets of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 
  • Those who previously have been enrolled at a German university are ineligible.

Selection criteria

• sociopolitical engagement and identification with the values ​​of social democracy
• above-average performance in school and studies
• political thinking
• thirst for knowledge
• tolerance and openness
• ability to work as a team
• critical thinking
• self-reflection

Requirement for bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

• Confirmation of study place or certificate of enrolment at a state or state-recognized German university or technical college for the course for which they want to be funded
• Foreign applicants must also demonstrate sufficient German language skills
• First-year students (Germans and foreign students with education) must apply before or at the beginning of the first semester.

Requirements for PhD Degrees

• Unconditional notification of admission to the doctoral scholarship
• Foreign applicants must also demonstrate sufficient German language skills

How to Apply

Interested applicants are to complete the online application form.  The Foundation will request additional documents from eligible applicants by e-mail after applicant. The application deadline for master’s degree scholarships for international students is 30 November 2020 for the Winter semester and 31 May 2021 for the Summer semester. PhD candidates can apply at any time. For all other students please see the official website (link found below) for application deadlines.


For more information, visit Official Scholarship Website


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