Helmut-Schmidt-Programme – Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (2018 )



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. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should qualify the scholarship holders to become partners in the political and economic co-operation with Germany. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

The following Master courses are available:

• Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• University Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance
• Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• Leuphania University Lüneburg: Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP)
• Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Nonprofit Organizations
• University of Osnabrück: M.A. Democratic Governance and Civil Society
• University Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy
• University Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)

Who can apply?

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 and Southeast Asia, from countries in the Middle East  (see list of countries).

Target group

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. The scholarships are offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

What is fundable?

The scholarships are awarded for selected master´s courses at German institutions of higher education listed below. The study programmes starts in September/October 2018. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in German and/or English.
Prior to their study programmes all scholarship holders receive a 6- months-German language course from April 2018 to September 2018. The language courses take place at selected institutes in Germany and not at the universities of the selected master´s courses.

DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 750 €. 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. DAADscholarship
holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees. Read More


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 1 st to July 31st 2017. 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. Read More


For more information, please contact the persons in charge at the respective universities. or visit the official website here.


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