Selection Process

Four steps to becoming a scholarship holder of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom!

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Step 1:


The application is submitted via an online portal. This is open from 1 - 30 April and from 1 - 31 October each year. Please fill out the forms carefully and completely. You can temporarily save your application in case you don't have everything ready at once. Please note that only complete applications can be considered.


Step 2:


Based on the submitted application documents, a pre-selection is made based on three equally important criteria (academic performance, strong personality, visible commitment). The most convincing applicants will receive an invitation to the selection conference.

Step 3:

Selection conference

If you were successful in the pre-selection stage, you will be invited to a personal interview. You will have a one-on-one interview with the members of the independent selection committee, which consists of people from business, politics, science, and research. These selection conferences take place twice a year, usually in late February and late August.

Step 4:


The selection committee decides on your admission. You will receive the result from us by email within a short time. If your application was successful, you will be invited to the introductory event for newly accepted scholarship holders in Potsdam.

Funding usually begins at the beginning of the following semester.

Unfortunately, we cannot tell you the reasons for the admission or for the rejection. Please note: There is no legal right to funding by us.