DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance

The DAAD is welcoming applications for its Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance.


Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance is a scholarship program by DAAD that offers outstanding students from developing countries the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country at German institutions of higher education.

Deadline: 31 July 2021 (annual)

Course starts: September/October 2022

Number of Awards: Not specified

Degree type: Masters Degree

Host institution(s): Participating institutions of higher education in Germany

Country of Study: Germany

Field of study

As it were, the scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses at German institutions of higher education listed below;

• University of Duisburg-Essen: MA Development and Governance

• Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)

• Universität Magdeburg: Peace and Conflict Studies (MA)

• Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: MA Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems (Blended-learning)

• Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit Organisations

• University of Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy

• University of Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)

• Universität Passau: Development Studies (MA)

Target demographic

The scholarship award is open to candidates from Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America; Asia and the Pacific, Western, Central, South-Eastern Europe; Eastern Europe, Central Asia & South Caucasus; and the Middle East and North Africa.

Scholarship Worth/Inclusions

The scholarship award is exempted from tuition fees but is worth up to monthly payment of €) 61 to eligible selected applicants.

Also, the scholarship contributes to health insurance in Germany, a study and research subsidy, appropriate travel allowance, rent subsidies and or allowances for spouses and or children – where applicable.

N.B: Prior to their preferred study programmes, all qualified applicants will receive a 6-month German language course.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must satisfy the following requirements;

• A conclusive account of the applicant’s academic and personal motivation for the study endeavour in Germany and for choosing and prioritising the courses of study

• An account of the applicant’s perspectives upon returning to their home country or region

• Higher education degree obtained with above average results (top third of graduates)

• Language certificates (requirements vary depending on the respective course of study)

• Political and/or social involvement (see above ‘Target group’) is considered an advantage

• Evidence of internships and/or professional experience is also taken into account positively

N.B: The following groups are not eligible;

• Applicants who have resided in a country that is not included in the DAC list of developing and emerging countries for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline

• Applicants who obtained their most recent higher education degree more than six years before submitting their application

P.S: All Master courses have additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants before he/she will be considered for the offer.

More on Eligibility

° Applicants must indicate that they are applying for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance Programme

° Applicants are advised to apply and submit their applications for either of the selected Masters courses to the respective universities only – not to DAAD.

In your best interest, please visit the scholarship official website – link below – to access more details on how to apply. All the best.

Website: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/?status=&origin=&subjectGrps=&daad=&q=public%20policy&page=1&detail=50026397

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