FES offers a variety of scholarship programs, as outlined below.

Scholarships for university students and PhD candidates in Germany

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was founded in 1925 with the goal to support poor German students from a blue-collar background to study at German universities, as they could not afford tuition fees on their own. Therefore, supporting talented and socially-committed young people continues to be part of FES's mission.

Every year, FES supports foreign applicants who already study or do their doctor’s degree in Germany. Up to 40 students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe can be admitted to the scholarship programme every year. Therefore, FES can also support Chinese applicants who are already studying, or doing their postgraduate studies, in Germany at the time of application.

For more detailed information on the FES scholarship programme, including eligibility criteria, benefits and how to apply for a scholarship, please refer to the website of FES Head Office (currently only in German) or contact the FES China (info(at) or info(at)

Scholarships for Global Labour University (GLU)

GLU Master Programmes are particularly designed for activists of the trade union movement and labour-related civil society organizations. The Global Labour University is supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung (HBS), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ).

The number of scholarships is limited; endorsement by a trade union and a contribution of 1500 Euro from the supporting trade union or another donor are a prerequisite for a scholarship. This means that without an explicit endorsement and the financial contribution by a trade union no scholarship application will be considered.

The Global Labour University (GLU) network is offering the following Masters Programmes, focussed on sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards and trade unions, economic policies and global institutions:

  • Labour Policies and Globalisation (Germany)
  • Labour and Development, Economic Policy, Globalisation and Labour (South Africa)
  • Social Economy and Labour (Brazil)
  • Globalisation and Labour (India)

FES China

Beijing Representative Office
Tayuan Building 5-1-121
Xin Dong Lu 1/Chao Yang Qu
100600 Beijing


Shanghai Representative Office
Bella’s Tower, 7th Floor, 705
1325 Huaihai Zhong Lu
200031 Shanghai

+86-21-6431 0026
+86-21-6431 0056