Scholarship Programme & Internships

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 Jakarta. A study background in Political science, International Relations, Sociology, Law, Economics, or/and South-East-Asian studies 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,
  • Should have stayed before in Indonesia (more than for holidays)
  • Should be able to communicate and read in Bahasa Indonesia
  • 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
  • Social security, Urban Development Planning as well as Sustainable development
  • (work & study) experience abroad; especially in Indonesia
  • Social engagement


Application of visa has to follow the regulation of the Government of Indonesia through its Embassies and Consulates. FES Jakarta can also give you information on that.

Health: For recommendations and immunization requirements, please refer to the federal foreign office:

Due to visa regulations we can only offer internships with duration of three months. In special cases we can offer internships with a longer duration, however, the prospective intern would have to leave the country once the visa is about to expire in order to obtain a new one. Extensions from within the country are not possible.

The ideal candidate would thus already have a profound study interest in a specific aspect of current political developments in Indonesia. 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 suitable applicants to submit all of the following information: 

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation, including:
    • academic fields of interest related to the work of FES Indonesia
    • envisaged commencement date and duration of internship

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 Mrs.Endah Yuliani: endah.yuliani(at)


The FES Indonesia offers twice a year fellowship opportunities to advanced Indonesian students of political and social science (October – December/ March – May). The duration of fellowship should be 6 - 12 weeks. Applications can be submitted at any time to the following email address: endah.yuliani(at)
(It is possible for fellows of FES to receive a small transportation allowance, but no honorarium)


  • Advanced knowledge in German
  • Political interest
  • Adaptibility and teamwork capacity
  • Advanced study period (min. 7th term)

Application in German should include: 

  • Curriculum vitae with photograph and contact details
  • Letter of motivation (with explanation of interest, duration of fellowship, etc.)
  • Certificates, proof of competence (foreign languages, etc.)

Fellows of FES are expected to write a short report on what he/she has done during the fellowship. Besides, the report should include an evaluation of fellows on the activities that they have participated in.

Indonesia Office

Jl. Kemang Selatan II No. 2A
Jakarta Selatan 12730

+62 21 7193711
+62 21 71791358