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Master Helmut-Schmidt Scholarship Program for Public Policy and Good Governance (DAAD PPGG) in Germany

Opportunity Deadline

July 31, 2024
Master Degree
English and German
Different Nationalities
Male, Female, Both

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An Overview of the Helmut Schmidt Program Opportunity

In order to prepare them for responsible positions in or for their regions of origin, the Helmut Schmidt program provides future leaders from developing countries with the chance to pursue a master’s degree in subjects related to social and economic development. This program also helps to establish democratically oriented economic and social forms that aim to overcome social inequalities.

Graduate students who want to actively support the economic and social advancement of their home countries can apply to be considered for the German Academic Exchange Service’s master’s program in public policy and governance, which offers full scholarships to study at esteemed German universities. Participants with expertise and experience are enabled by the program. They would require in their professional lives as well as as future leaders in the fields of politics, law, economics, and administration.

The seven German universities listed below provide a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Good Governance through the Helmut Schmidt Scholarship program.

The DAAD Scholarship application period is open from June 1 through July 31, 2024.

Choice: 2024 October/November

Notification of results: December 30, 2024

Beginning of program: September/October 2025

Instructional language: German or English

List of Colleges and Programs

The following universities are offering scholarships under the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for seven master’s degree programs:

Management at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück in Nonprofit Organizations
Development Studies, Governance, and Public Policy at the University of Passau; Peace and Conflict Studies at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg; Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt; Social Protection (blended program) at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg; Development and Governance (one-year program) at the University of Duisburg-Essen

List of required documents (signed with location and date indicated)Application form for DAAD (online) a single, two-page motivational letter that is current and has a handwritten signatureCV up to date (hand-signed and up to date; no missing dates or explanations) utilizing the Europass formatCopies of university degrees (with a breakdown of the grading scheme)Copies of transcriptsA copy of the school departure certificatecertifications in languages (German and English)Two recommendation letters, either professional or academicverification of professional, internship, or work experience.


A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in public administration, law, economics, social sciences, or political science is required.Degrees from universities were earned no more than six years before the application.Prior to the application deadline, applicants could not have resided in Germany for longer than fifteen months.Have the necessary English language proficiency and a strong desire to support the growth of their own nation or region.Have professional experience relevant to the curriculum, such as an internship, political or social involvement, and professional experience.Come from a nation that qualifies

Benefits: The following are available to successful applicants:

coordinating services for supportSeminars and eventsPossibility of close communication with recipients of other foreign scholarshipssocial gatherings
What the scholarship will cover is as follows:

Fees for instruction6-month German language instruction is required of all students.Take part in networking gatherings.A €934 monthly stipendHealth coverageCost of travelGrant for study and researchContributions for rentallowances for families
Because of the blended learning approach used in the “Social Protection” program, the following variance in funding benefits is applicable: In the fourth semester, which is an online semester that must be completed in the student’s home country or another developing nation, a sur-place-rate of € 500 per month is paid.

Countries that qualify:

Development Countries

Procedure for applications:

The DAAD is not the place where applicants to the Helmut Schmidt Master’s program in Public Policy and Good Governance should send their full applications and required documentation in either German or English. Applying to TWO master’s programs and the DAAD scholarship to only the chosen universities requires submitting a single application and one motivation letter outlining your priorities and why you chose those particular programs. In the application, you must also indicate the priority (first, second) you choose.


If you submit your application to more than two universities or to DAAD, it will not be taken into consideration.

DAAD will get in touch with the candidates to request that they upload their applications to the DAAD Portal once their application has been chosen and suggested for a scholarship. Please wait to upload any documents until you are contacted by DAAD.

Selection criteria:

Candidate’s personal, academic and professional motivationprofessional experienceGood grades in the previous degreeall master’s degree have their own selection criteria


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