Apply for the famous fully funded DAAD Scholarship Programme 2019. This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of good governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. Very good graduates with a first university degree get the chance to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance to the social, political and economic development of their home country.

The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany should enable the scholarship holders to later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social differences. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions. 

Host Country:
  • Germany
Host Organisation:
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange Service)
List of Universities:
  • Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance
  • Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Leuphana Universität Lüneburg: Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP)
  • Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-ProfitOrganisations
  • Universität Osnabrück: Master of Democratic Governance and Civil Society
  • Universität Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy
  • Universität Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)
Course Level:
Course Duration:
  • Two Years Programmes
  • One Year Programmes
Field of Study:
  • Public Policy and Good Governance
Scholarship Value:
  • The scholarship holders are offered a special tutoring at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, there is the possibility to attend networking events. DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 850 €.
  • The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany. In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance and a study and research subsidy as well as rent subsidies and/or allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable.
  • DAAD Scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are  exempted from tuition fees. 
Eligibility Criteria:
  • The scholarship scheme is open to graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and in public administration from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia, from countries in the Middle East as well as from the Ukraine.
  • The programme is open for very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (bachelor or equivalent) who want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries.
  • It is offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

Other Requirements:

  • The main DAAD criteria for selection are the following: the study results so far, knowledge of English (and German), political and social engagement, a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit when returning to the home country.
  • The latest university degree should have been obtained during the six years prior to the application for the scholarship. Applicants cannot be considered if they have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline.

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Required Documents:
  • DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please fill in electronically and not written by hand)
  • Hand-signed Motivation letter with current date containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing this scholarship programme and the universities, two pages maximum
  • Hand-signed full curriculum vitae with current date including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience
  • Copies of acquired university degrees (an explanation of the grading system has to be attached)
  • Copies of the transcript of records
  • Copy of the school leaving certificate/high school diploma which entitles holders to study at a university in their home country
  • Recent language certificates (German and English)
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers of recent date, supplemented by signature, official letterhead, stamp (not in a sealed envelope)

How to Apply:

Applications have to be submitted in German or English. Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-SchmidtProgramme (Master’s scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance).

Please submit your applications for the selected master`s courses and for the DAAD Scholarship to the respective universities only (not to DAAD). The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st 2018. Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university. They become property
of the DAAD and will NOT be returned. The applicant has no right to claim for reimbursement.

You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses. Please fill in the DAAD application form only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority. Please send this same application form and the necessary documents listed abpve to the two universities of your choice. In case your application is sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be accepted.

Application Deadline:
  • The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st– July 31st, each year.

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