DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships in Public Policy in Germany 2021

German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD invites applications for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance for students from developing countries in Germany for the 2021/22 academic year.

The Programme 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.

Worth of Award

  • Scholarships are offered currently at € 861 per month for master´s degree courses at German higher education institutions.
  • Health insurance cover in Germany.
  • Appropriate travel allowances for travel between Germany and the developing countries in question and Germany.
  • A study and research grant.
  • Rent subsidies and family supplements, as applicable.


Highly qualified graduates from developing and emerging countries who have obtained their first higher education degree in the subject areas of political and social studies, economics and business administration, legal and administrative sciences are eligible.

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How to Apply

The documents you need to apply for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships are:

  • DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (please
    complete the form electronically and sign it by hand).
  • A single letter of motivation for both higher education institutions including a
    precise account of your academic, professional and personal reasons for wishing to
    participate in the programme, as well as a detailed explanation of your choice of
    courses of study and prioritisation. The letter may be up to two pages long and must
    bear the current date and your signature.
  • A gap-free curriculum vitae (if possible, please use the Europass template available
    at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/) with exact information about your studies,
    political/social involvement, and any work experience, as well as the current date and
    your signature.
  • Copies of your higher education degree certificates (certified translation if
    necessary, including an explanation of the grading system), please make sure these
    are clearly legible.
  • Copy of your transcript of records incl. marking system, certified translation if
  • Working time certificates for any listed internships, volunteer work and work
    experience must be included. These must be signed and bear the date, letterhead and
  • Recent language certificates (for German and/or English).
  • A recently written letter of reference, preferably from your current employer or from a
    university lecturer, bearing a signature, letterhead and stamp (not in a sealed envelope)
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Deadline: The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st – July 31st, each year. 

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