Helmut-Schmidt Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance 2024

The call for applications is currently ongoing for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance 2024 in Germany.

The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (known as Public Policy and Good Governance) supports future leaders from developing 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.

With the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD strives to contribute to promoting good governance and civil society structures in developing and emerging countries. The Programme

  • offers future leaders master’s courses in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political, and economic development
  • prepares them in a practice-oriented course for responsible positions in or for their home regions and contributes to establishing economic and social institutions that are democratically oriented and designed to overcome social inequalities


The scholarship holders will receive

  • scholarships (currently € 934 per month) for master’s courses at German higher education institutions
  • health insurance cover in Germany
  • appropriate travel allowances for travel between Germany and the respective developing and emerging 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
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The candidates shall be graduates from developing and emerging countries (bachelor or equivalent)

  • with a well-qualified first university degree and above-average grades (upper third) in 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)

Selection Criteria

The most important selection criteria are:

  • a conclusive account of candidates’ academic, professional, and personal motivation for the study endeavor 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 (professional experience or internships, political activities, or service to your community, such as volunteering or working for charities or NGOs)
  • a first higher education degree completed with above-average grades (upper third)

Application Process

All applications must be submitted in English or German and include the following documents:

  • a ticked off checklist and list of criteria, signed by hand (do not insert a scanned signature), indicating the place and date of issue
  • the DAAD application form “Application for a research/study scholarship”
  • a curriculum vitae in reverse chronological order without any unexplained gaps
  • copies of higher education degree certificates
  • a copy of a full set of transcript of records including an explanation of the grading system
  • confirmation of relevant professional experience or internships and/or proof of relevant political activities or service to their community
  • proof of English language skills
  • a current written reference from their current employer or from a university lecturer if they are a student at present, on headed paper, including an original.
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a single letter of motivation (even when applying for two master’s courses)

To apply for Helmut-Schmidt Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance 2024, click here

Deadline: July 31, 2023.

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