DAAD Scholarships 2021 for Masters in Public Policy-related Courses in German Universities

Deadline: June 1st to July 31st, 2020

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.


  • Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected master´s 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 up to the end of September 2021. The language course takes place at selected institutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected master´s programmes. The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master´s course taught in English.
  • Due to its blended-learning-concept the following special conditions are laid down to finance the study programme “Analysis and design of social protection systems”:
  • During the online semester in your home country or another developing country DAAD provides a sur-place-rate of 500 EUR.
  • Allowances for spouses and/or children are not applicable, as far as the programme includes study-phases in Germany and in your home country.

    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.


Main DAAD selection criteria:

  • Academic degree with far above average results (upper third)
  • language skills (every university has different language proficiency requirements)
  • political and social engagement
  • a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany
  • expected benefit when returning to the home country or region

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.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted in German or English.

Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-SchmidtProgramme (Master’s scholarships for Public Po-licy and Good Governance).

You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses listed below.

Step 1
Fill in the DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships (annex 2) only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority.

Step 2
Write a single letter of motivation for both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority choice.

Step 3
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.

You can choose between the following universities, alphabetically listed by

  1. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: Analysis and Design of Social Protection 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 country or other developing country
    e-mail: info@ma-socialprotection.de
    contact: Ms. Kerstin Schickendanz
  2. Universität Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semesters)
    e-mail: ma-devgov@uni-due.de contact: Mr. Georg Lammich
    http://www.ma-dev-gov.de/ e-mail: ma-devgov@uni-due.de
    contact: Mr. Georg Lammch
  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 http://www.brandtschool.de/admissions/
    e-mail: admissions-mpp@uni-erfurt.de
    contact: Mr. Florian Heintze
  4. Universität Magdeburg: Peace and Conflict Studies
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters)
    e-mail: pacs@ovgu.de
    contact: Ms. Olivia Alphons
  5. Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit- Organisations
    (language of instruction: German, programme duration: 4
    https://www.hs-osnabrueck.de/de/studium/studienangebot /master/management-in-nonprofit-organisationen-ma/helmut-schmidt-programmdaad-stipendium/
    e-mail: ppgg@hs-osnabrueck.de.
    contact: Ms. Marlene Eimterbäumer
  6. Universität Passau: Development Studies
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters)
    e-mail: information.ppgg@uni-passau.de
    contact: Mr. Thomas Eibl
  7. Universität Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy
    (languages of instruction: English and German, programme duration: 4
    e-mail: information.ppgg@uni-passau.de
    contact: Mr. Thomas Eibl
  8. Universität Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)
    (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semesters)
    e-mail: info@ppgg.mpm-potsdam.de
    contact: Ms. Laura Hecht

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