Friday, July 10, 2020

[Master Degree] DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2021, Germany (Fully Funded)

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 practice-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 support the good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

  • Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected MA programmes at German institutions of higher education listed below.  The study programmes are usually starting in Sep/Oct 2021 and are taught in German and/or English. 
  • contributions to health insurance in Germany 
  • appropriate travel allowance
  • study and research subsidy
  • monthly rent subsidy where applicable, 
  • allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable. 
  • 6-months-German language course from April 2021 to September 2021. The language course takes place at selected institutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected MA programmes. The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master ́s course taught in English. 
  • The scholarship holders are offered a special tutoring at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, the scholars are invited to participate at different networking events. DAAD-scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees.
Target Group:
  • The scholarship programme is open to graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and in public administration
  • Citizen from Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia, from countries in the Middle East as well as from the Ukraine (see list of countries).
  • 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.


Main DAAD selection criteria:
  • study results so far
  • language skills 
  • 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
  • expected benefit when returning to the home country
Most recent university degree should be obtained in the last six years prior to the application for the scholarship.Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not considered as eligible.

All master ́s courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants in any case.

How to Apply:
  • Applications must be submitted in German or English.
  • Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance). You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses listed below. 
  • Fill in the DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority. 
  • Write a single letter of motivationfor both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority choice. 
Send the DAAD scholarship form together with the letter of motivation and accompanied with the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. Do NOT send it to DAAD. 

Required Document:

The necessary documents are:
    • DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholar-ships (hand-signed, but electronically edited) 
    • Hand-signed and dated motivation letter (one single letter for both universities) containing a precise description of the applicants’ aca-demic/professional and personal reasons for choosing those mas-ter ́s programmes and universities (two pages maximum)
    • Hand-signed and dated full curriculum vitae including information about the precise field of your studies, your political and social en-gagement and, if applicable, description of job experience
    • Copy of acquired Academic Degrees (certified translation if neces-sary, please attach an explanation of the grading system) 
    • Copy of the transcript of records (certified translation if necessary)
    • Recent language certificates (German and/or English) 
    • One letter of recommendation, signed and recently dated by your university professor or current employer, supplemented by an official letterhead, and stamp (not in a sealed envelope) 
    • If applicable certificates of employment to support relevant profes-sional experience mentioned in your CV by documentary evidence

    You can choose between the following universities, alphabetically listed by city: 

    1. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: Analysis and Design of Social Pro-tection Systems 
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters)
    Blended-learning concept:
    1st semester at the university
    2nd online semester ordinarily in Germany
    3rd practical semester in Germany or in your home country or in a third country
    4th online semester to prepare your master-thesis in your home coun-try or other developing country
    contact: Ms. Kerstin Schickendanz

    2. Universität Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance 
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semesters) 
    contact: Mr. Georg Lammich 
    3. Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP) 
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters)
    Please apply online at
    contact: Mr. Florian Heintze

    4. Universität Magdeburg: Peace and Conflict Studies 
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters) 
    contact: Ms. Olivia Alphons

    5. Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit-Organisations
    language of instruction: German, programme duration: 4 semesters) /master/management-in-nonprofitorganisationen-ma/helmut-schmidt-programm-daad-stipendium/
    contact: Ms. Marlene Eimterbäumer

    6. Universität Passau: Development Studies 
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters)
    e-mail: information.ppgg@uni-passau.decontact: Mr. Thomas Eibl

    7. Universität Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy
    (languages of instruction: English and German, programme duration: 4 semesters) Mr. Thomas Eibl

    8. Universität Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semesters)
    contact: Ms. Laura Hecht

    Please ensure that you meet all admission requirements of the master`s course of your choice before you apply at a maximum of two universities listed above

    31 July 2020

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