Scholarship Programme & Internships

Internships at FES Rwanda

FES Rwanda offers internships to young professionals / students (from Rwanda and / or Germany) who want to experience the working environment of a German non-profit foundation and get involved in our activities

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Rwanda regularly offers full-time internships (40 working hours) to German and Rwandan university Master-level students or young professionals.

National Applicants need to be enrolled in a Rwandan university and possess a valid student visa for the entire internship period. Internships generally cover a period of about max. three months. Please submit your application as much in advance as possible.

The internship has to take place in general all over the year.

We expect

  • Familiarity with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and its values;
  • Excellent command of German and / or very good command of English
  • Applicants with the following academic backgrounds are especially suited for an internship at FES Rwanda: social science (especially focused on "social protection" or “Good Governance”), Economics, African studies, International Relations, sociology or related fields.

Tasks and Opportunities

Internships with FES in Rwanda consist of assisting in office work, but we make a strong effort to personalize the content of the internship and to closely match the interests of our interns with an involvement in current FES project lines.

Tasks include but are not limited to: logistics surrounding conferences and workshops, writing of conference or workshop reports, research, documentation, office administration and support of experts and delegations.

Interns may also have the opportunity to do research on their master's thesis during their internship as long as the research topic is deemed useful for the work and in the line of FES in Rwanda.

During their stay, interns will also learn about the issues and topics covered by FES in Rwanda and are encouraged to write a short-to-medium sized research paper on a topic within the range of activities of FES Kigali.


FES unfortunately cannot offer any assistance with the visa process. Please, contact the Rwandan embassy in Germany directly:


Please refer to the following link:

The FES Rwanda is not in the position to offer any monetary compensation for travel expenses (e.g. flight ticket, visa fees). The responsibility for to apply for a Rwandan visa lies with the german intern. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung regrets that interns cannot be remunerated.

All expenses, including travel, board and lodging, remain the responsibility of the applicant. FES does not accept responsibility for any claims resulting from accidents, damages and/ or losses incurred to interns for the duration of their internship.


Please apply FES Rwanda with the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application, including
  • Motivation for application
  • Academic field of interest related to the work of FES Rwanda
  • Envisaged internship period
  • University certificates and certificates of internships or other kinds of work experiences


Send your application to info(at)

Scholarship Programme

The promotion of young talent has been one of the founding principles of the FES. At the time when Friedrich Ebert was elected as the first president of the Weimar Republic, it was almost impossible for talented children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to study at universities or take part in research programmes. With the foundation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in 1925, 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. To address social disadvantages by supporting students who actively work for freedom, justice and social cohesion in their commitment to social democracy, or will do so in future, continues to be one of the aims of the FES.

Who is eligible?

For the FES, service to the common good deserves recognition. It is therefore not only the applicants' academic achievement but their social and political involvement and personal attitudes that play an important part in the selection process.

International Students

The FES also supports foreign applicants who are already studying, or doing their postgraduate studies, in Germany at the time of application. Up to 40 students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe may qualify for the scholarship programme every year with the exception of those who are already receiving some support from public sources.

Please note: Scholarships are only provided for students already successfully subscribed at a German University. 

FES Rwanda cannot provide international students with a scholarship, for more information, please contact and apply the Scholarship Department directly.

For more information, please visit:


House KG 13 Ave, 14, Nyarutarama, Gasabo district - Remera sector
Kamashashi cel
Kigali – Rwanda

+250 7869 500 20

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