The scholarship was established in 1999 by Guntis Bērziņš, a patron, professional engineer and public figure, in honour of his grandfather  the first elected rector of the University of Latvia (UL), Prof. Ernests Felsbergs (1922–1923). The aim of the scholarship is to support capable, diligent and socially active students of humanities at the University of Latvia.

Scholarship is intended for the UL Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, as well as the Faculty of History and Philosophy master’s and doctoral students with excellent study achievements. 

Number of scholarships: 3.

Scholarship amount: EUR 3 000 per academic year.

Scholarship Commission: Patron Guntis Bērziņš (Chairman of the Scholarship commission), Professor at the UL Faculty of Humanities Ilze Rūmniece, Chairman of the Board of the UL Foundation, Prof. emer. Ivars Lācis, Dean of the UL Faculty of History and Philosophy Assoc. Prof. Valda Kļava, Executive Director of the UL Foundation Laila Kundziņa.

When applying for a scholarship, the following items must be indicated separately in the motivation section of the online questionnaire:

  • academic achievements,
  • social activity,
  • motivation for obtaining the scholarship.

Within a single academic year, the applicant may receive only one scholarship financed by the patrons of the University of Latvia Foundation.

Scholarship recipients

In the 2019/2020 academic year – Zane Ozola, Līva Kukle, Rūta Bruževica.
In the 2018/2019 academic year – Jānis Putniņš, Zane Katrīne Kļaviņa, Katrīna Narbute.
In the 2017/2018 academic year – Irīna Rudenko, Roberts Rasums.
In the 2016/2017 academic year – Eduards Skvireckis, Arturs Skutelis.

In 2015/2016 acad. year – Arturs Skutelis, Zane Gruntmane.