Fully Funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme in Germany 2022

DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme

Applications are open for the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme for the academic year 2022.

The prestigious and competitive Master’s scholarship with Full Financing for Public Policies and Good Governance  PPGG by DAAD Germany is now open for applications. Since 2009, DAAD’s Helmut-Schmidt Program (known as Public Policies and Good Governance) supports future leaders from Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia, Middle East countries and also Ukraine (see list of eligible countries), who want to promote democracy and social justice in their countries of origin. New candidates and people with experience can apply for DAAD scholarships in Germany.

This program is designed to qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration in accordance with the principles of good governance and to prepare them in a practice-oriented course for their professional life. The graduates with a first university degree will have the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for social, political and economic development of your country of origin. The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany will allow the fellows to contribute later to the democratic establishment.

Economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social differences. With this program, the DAAD intends to support good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions. The program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. The duration of this scholarship is one or two years depending on the master’s course and university.

Do you have a bachelor’s degree (16 years) in social sciences, political science, law, economics or public administration? Then apply for a fully-funded Master / MPhil in the fields of Public Policy and Good Governance or relevant fields at any of the 08 best universities in Germany.

Here are more details about the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme

Following is the list of universities for the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme:

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg:

  • Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems
  • Duration: 4 semesters

University of Duisburg-Essen:

  • Master of Development and Governance
  • Duration: 2 semesters

Willy Brandt School of Public Policy:

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Duration: 4 semesters

University of Magdeburg:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Duration: 4 semesters

University of Passau:

  • Development Studies
  • Duration: 4 semesters

Hochschule Osnabrück:

  • Management in Nonprofit-Organisationen
  • (teaching language: German, Duration: 4 semesters)

University of Passau:

  • Development Studies
  • Duration: 4 semesters

University of Potsdam:

  • Master of Public Management (MPM)
  • Duration: 2 semesters

Deadline is July 31, 2021

Eligibility Criteria :

Applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible for DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme.

  • The scholarship program is open to graduates in the field of social sciences, political science, law, economics and public administration in Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia, Middle East countries and Ukraine.
  • The program is open to highly qualified graduates with a first university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) who want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home
  • It is offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for professionals of half career.

Main DAAD selection criteria:

  • results of the study so far.
  • Language skills.
  • Applicants must be from one of the developing countries.
  • A convincing description of the personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit when returning to the country of origin.
  • The most recent university degree must be obtained in the last six years before applying for the scholarship.
  • Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not considered eligible.
  • All the master’s courses have other additional requirements that must be met by the applicants in any case.

Benefits :

The fully-funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme will cover all expenses of the selected students.

  • A monthly scholarship of € 861 will be provided for the master’s program.
  • Contributions to health insurance.
  • Travel allowance for round trip travel from the country of origin to Germany.
  • Grant for studies and research.
  • Monthly rental subsidy when appropriate.
  • Subsidies for spouses and/or children when appropriate.
  • 6 months German language course (check the pandemic guidelines).
  • Fellows are offered special tutoring in their host institutions funded by DAAD. In addition, academics are invited to participate in different networking events. Holders of DAAD scholarships within the Helmut-Schmidt Program are exempt from tuition.

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Application Process:

Applications must be submitted in German or English. Indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme (master’s scholarships for public policies and good governance). You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master’s courses listed below.

Step # 1: Complete the application form for study grants only once, making clear what your course of study is and what your second priority is.

Step # 2: Write a single motivation letter for the two college courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority.

Step # 3: Send the DAAD scholarship form along with the motivation letter and accompanied by the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. DO NOT send it to DAAD.

Step # 1: Selection committee made up of university professors and DAAD representatives meet and suggest possible candidates for a DAAD scholarship.

Step # 2: DAAD contacts the suggested candidates to upload their completed application to the DAAD Portal. Note: Be sure to have a copy of each document of your application prepared, as these documents (as PDF files) should be uploaded to the DAAD Portal in case a DAAD scholarship is suggested!

Step # 3: All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process – approx. at the end of December 2021

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