Deadline: 31 July, 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.


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.

The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st, 2020.

For more information and to apply, kindly click here.

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