DAAD Master Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance opens for applications to international students in the 2018/2019 academic session.

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 praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers very good graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

The scholarships are awarded for selected master´s courses at German institutions of higher education listed below. The study programmes starts in September/October 2018. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in German and/or English.

The following Master courses are available and can be undertaken at selected Universities:
• Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• University Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance
• Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• Leuphania University Lüneburg: Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP)
• Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Nonprofit Organizations
• University of Osnabrück: M.A. Democratic Governance and Civil Society
• University Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy
• University Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)

Worth of Award

  • Prior to their study programmes, all scholarship holders receive a 6- months-German language course from April 2018 to September 2018.
  • The language courses take place at selected institutes in Germany and not at the universities of the selected master´s courses.
  • 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, there is the possibility to attend networking events.
  • DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 750 €.
  • The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany.
  • In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance and a study and research subsidy as well as rent subsidies and/or allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable. DAADscholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees.


  • Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who in the future want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries.
  • The scholarships are offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.
  • The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East .
  • In addition to the completed undergraduate studies (Bachelor or equivalent) and the study results, the main criterion for selection is a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit after the return to the home country.
  • For Master courses taught in German or in German and English, good knowledge of German (ideally at completed A 2 level at the time of application) is an advantage for being able to pass the German language test required for admission to the Master programme at the end of the six-month preparatory German course. For courses taught in English, proof of good knowledge of English is required. (For more details please check the admission requirements for the selected course.)
  • The university degree should have been obtained during the six years before the application for the scholarship. Applicants cannot be considered if they have been in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of application.
  • All Master courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants at any case.

How to Apply

  • You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses.
  • Please fill in the DAAD application form only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority.
  • Please send this same application form and the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice.
  • In case your application is sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be accepted.
  • Please submit your application for the Master courses and for the DAAD scholarship solely to the Master courses you have selected at the respective university (not DAAD). Please check the deadlines on the homepages of the elected Master courses.

The necessary documents are:

  • DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please fill in electronically and not written by hand)
  • Motivation letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing this scholarship programme and the universities, two pages maximum
  • Full curriculum vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience
  • Copies of acquired university degrees (an explanation of the grading system has to be attached)
  • Copies of the transcript of records
  • Copy of the school leaving certificate/high school diploma which entitles holders to study at a university in their home country
  • Recent language certificates (German and English)
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers of recent date, supplemented by signature, official letterhead, stamp (not in a sealed envelope)

Deadline: Please submit your application for the selected Master courses and for the DAAD scholarship directly to the respective university. The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st, 2018. 

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