The Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance are being offered by DAAD

  • The deadline is July 31, 2022. (annual)
  • Germany as a study destination
  • The next course will begin in September/October 2023.

Brief explanation:

The program known as DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance offers outstanding graduates from developing countries the chance to pursue a Master’s degree in subjects that are particularly relevant to their home country’s social, political, and economic advancement at German higher education institutions.

Programmes in Participating Institutions:

The scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses at the following German universities:

•. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: Social Protection

  • University of Duisburg-Essen: Development and Governance
  • Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt: Public Policy
  • University of Magdeburg: Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit Organizations
  • Passau University of Technology: Development Studies
  • University of Passau: Governance and Public Policy (MPM)

The courses are taught in German and/or English and have an international focus.

Scholarships awarded: It is not specified.

Group to target:

Candidates from various regions including Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Western, Central, and South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus, as well as the Middle East and North Africa, can apply for the scholarship program. The list of eligible countries is available for reference.

Scholarship worth and inclusions:

DAAD scholarship holders under the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees. Presently, the DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of 931 €. Additionally, the scholarship covers health insurance contributions in Germany, suitable travel allowances, study and research grants, and, if applicable, rent allowances and/or allowances for spouses and/or children.

All scholarship awardees will be required to attend a 6-month German language course before starting their studies.


Graduates from developing countries (bachelor’s degree or higher):

Applicants for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance must possess a first university degree in the fields of social and political sciences, law, economics, public policy, or administration, and must be committed to contributing actively to the social, political, and economic development of their home countries or regions. They should also have relevant practical experience, such as professional experience, internships, or political and social engagement.

The language requirements and necessary language certificates vary depending on the specific master’s course. Each master’s program has its own selection criteria, in addition to the DAAD’s selection criteria, which may include factors such as degree type, grades, language proficiency, and work experience.

Instructions for use:

To apply for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance), please submit your applications to the universities listed below within the application period of June 1 to July 31, 2022. Please specify that you are applying for the scholarship program. It is important to read the 2023 Announcement and visit the official website (provided below) to access the application form and obtain further information on how to apply for the scholarship.

Official Scholarship Website: