Deadline: July 31st 2022

The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (known as Public Policy and Good Governance) supports future leaders from developing countries (see list of countries), who want to promote democracy and social justice in their home countries. The programme, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, offers the chance to acquire a Master’s degree in Master programmes of particular relevance for the social, political and economic development in the students’ countries of origin. In the light of the principles of Good Governance, highly qualified graduates with a first academic degree are being educated in political science, law, economics and administration and prepared for future leading positions in their home countries.



  • Graduates from developing countries (bachelor or equivalent)
  • with a wellqualified first university degree as a rule in the fields of social and political sciences, law, economics, public policy and administration
  • willing to actively contribute to the social, political and economic development of their home countries/regions
  • who have already gained practical experience relevant for the programme (professional experience, internships, political/social commitment)


  • Scholarships (of currently € 931 per month) for masters courses at German higher education institutions.
  • Health insurance cover in Germany
  • Appropriate travel allowances for travel between Germany and the respective developing countries
  • A study and research grant
  • Rent subsidies and family supplements, as applicable
  • Preceding German language course in Germany, lasting up to 6 months. Participation is mandatory.

The following deviation regarding funding benefits applies for the ‘Social Protection’ program, due to its blended learning concept: A sur place rate of € 500 per month is paid in the 4th semester (mandatory online semester in the student’s country of origin or another developing country).


All applications must be submitted in English or German.
Please indicate clearly that you are applying for the DAAD HelmutSchmidtProgramme (Master’s scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance).

You may apply for up to two courses of study from the list below.

1. Please complete the DAAD application form ‘Application for a re- search/study scholarship’ (see Attachment 2) only once and indicate
your selected master’s course or courses, in the latter case clearly indicating your first and second priority.

2. If you are applying for two master’s courses: Please submit a single application for both master’s courses, and only one letter of motivation. In this letter, you should explain in detail, why you chose the respective master’s courses as well as your reasons for prioritising.

3. Please submit the application form to the master’s courses of your choice (no more than two), along with the required documents (see below). Scholarship applications are only accepted via the master’s courses.



The selection will be made by a selection committee in October/November 2022. The committee comprises professors from the participating master’s courses and representatives of the DAAD.
Next step: The candidates that were proposed for a scholarship are contacted by the DAAD and asked to upload their full documents to the DAAD portal.
Please do not upload any application documents unless you are nominated by the DAAD.

Important: Please make sure that you have a full set of copies of your application documents in PDF format. Please only submit original documents, if you are explicitly asked to do so by the master’s course.

The selection process is finalised. All applicants are informed in writing after the end of the selection process. This will probably be the case in mid to late


The most important selection criteria are:
A conclusive account of the applicant’s academic, professional and personal motivation for the study endeavour in Germany and for choosing and prioritising the master’s courses

This motivation also relates to the goals of the Helmut Schmidt Programme

Practical experience relevant to the programme (work experience, internships or professional experience, political activities or service to
your community, such as volunteering or work for charities or NGOs)

A first higher education degree completed with aboveaverage grades (top third of graduates)


Applicants who already hold a master’s degree can only be considered in welljustified cases, if they can explain conclusively, why they would like to obtain another master’s degree.
The following groups are not eligible:

Applicants who obtained their most recent higher education degree more than six years before submitting their application

Applicants who have resided in a country that is not included in the DAC list of developing and emerging countries for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline

All master’s courses have their own selection criteria (degree, grades, language skills, work experience, etc.) that have to be met in addition to the DAAD’s selection criteria.

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