Scholarship & Internship Programme

The Scholarship Programme of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The promotion of young talent has been one of the founding principles of the FES. The first scholarships were awarded to particularly talented young individuals from a working class milieu who were taking an active part in the young democracy of the Weimar Republic.

For the FES therefore, it is not only the applicants' academic achievement but also their social and political involvement and their personal attitudes that play an important part in the selection process.

Who is eligible?

The FES supports students from public or state-approved universities and from polytechnical colleges. It supports all academic subjects and postgraduate programmes. It is also possible for non-German students to apply for the scholarship programme. They, however, need to study in Germany at the time of application.

In order to find out more about the application process and who to contact please visit the FES Scholarship Department website.


Our office welcomes students, current graduates and post-graduate students to apply for an internship at FES Hanoi. A study background in political science, sociology, law, macroeconomics, management sciences, or public relation has proven to be the most advantageous.

Applicants should fulfil the following requirements: 

  • Be in their advanced study period, i.e. have at least completed a BA degree,
  • be fluent in German and English, and possess excellent writing skills,
  • have a sufficient level of medical fitness to work in a (sub-) tropical country.

The following experiences/ skills are an asset:

  • Experiences in international cooperation/ development cooperation,
  • strong knowledge about and/ or work experience with trade unions, political parties and/ or in the field of sustainable development,
  • (work) experience abroad,
  • social engagement.

Due to visa regulations we can only offer internships with a duration of three months.

If this may not sound attractive, here comes the good news: We make a strong effort to personalize the content of the internships and to closely match the interests of our interns with an involvement in current FES project lines.

The ideal candidate would thus already have a profound study interest in a specific aspect of current political developments in Vietnam. In the past, the hosting of students who are writing their master thesis or dissertation and who would like to embed their private research in a practical setting has proven to be highly beneficial for both sides.

We ask all applicants to submit all of the following information:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of motivation, including
  • academic fields of interest related to the work of FES Vietnam
  • envisaged commencement date and duration of internship
  • Since we have two different programs in Vietnam please indicate in your application whether you would like to work on political, economic and social issues in Vietnam or on energy, environment and climate change or whether you would be interested in both programs (for more details please see: Program)  

Please bear in mind that we receive a lot of applications for internships. Hence, we cannot grant an internship to all applicants. The rule of thumb is: The earlier you apply and the more identifiable your motivation and topical interests are, the bigger your chances.

Please submit your application via e-mail to tran.hong.hanh(at)

Vietnam Office

7 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan
Ba Dinh
Hanoi - Vietnam
IPO Box 44

+84   24 38455108
+84   24 38452631


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