Korea Office

Rm. 1101,
88 Yulgok-ro,
Seoul 03131
South Korea

Phone: +82 (0) 2 745 2648
Fax: +82 (0) 2 745 6684



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 program every year. Therefore, FES can also support Korean 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 program, inlcuding eligibility criteria, benefits and how to apply for a scholarship, please refer to the website of FES Head Office or contact FES Korea Office.

  • Research scholarships for scholars and activists with academic background

FES grants scholarships for research in Germany on a wide range of topics to scholars and activists with academic background. Scholarships cover living expenses in Germany maximum of 3 months, as well as travel expenses within Germany (but not international travel between Korea and Germany). Scholarship recipients are expected to manage other aspects of their stay in Germany largely on their own. Therefore, FES recommends to get in touch with a host institution (e.g. a university institute), preferably prior to application, but latest well before departure for Germany. Please note that the research scholarship program is a global FES initiative and suitable candidates are selected by the FES Head Office, not by FES Korea.

Changes to the terms and conditions will be effected in January 2015.

  • Scholarships for Global Labour University ( GLU)

GLU Master programs are particularly designed for activists of the trade union movement and labor-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 Programs:

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

with focus on sustainable development, social justice, international labor standards and trade unions, economic policies and global institutions.