Applications are invited for Fully Funded DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance – PPGG) at Germany.
The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Scholarship 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 scholarship 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.
- Scholarships (of currently € 931 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 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.
The following deviation regarding funding benefits applies for the ‘Social Protection’ programme, due to its blended learning concept: A surplus rate of € 500 per month is paid in the 4th semester (mandatory online semester in the student’s country of origin or another developing country).
Throughout their studies, all scholarship holders of the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme benefit from accompanying support services provided by the programme coordinators at the respective study locations.
Scholarship holders benefit from events and seminars organised specifically for them, as well as close exchange with other international scholarship holders.
Planning also provides for participation in interdisciplinary networking events.
DAAD scholarship holders are exempt from paying tuition fees.
The following courses are eligible for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Scholarship Programme:
- Social Protection Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
- Development and Governance University of Duisburg-Essen
- Public Policy Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt
- Peace and Conflict Studies University of Magdeburg
- Management in Non-profit Organisation Hochschule Osnabrück
- Development Studies University of Passau
- Governance and Public Policy University of Passau
- Public Management University of Potsdam
To be eligible for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Scholarship Programme, Graduates from developing countries (bachelor or equivalent)
- with a well-qualified first university degree as a rule in the fields of 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)
For DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Scholarship Programme, the required application documents are:
- Checklist form, signed with place and date indication
- DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (please type your answers or make sure they are easy to read)
- A single letter of motivation, if you are applying for two master’s courses for both of them 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 master’s courses and prioritisation, no more than two pages long
- A curriculum vitae in reverse chronological order without any unexplained gaps (please use the europass template) including exact information about your studies, and on practical experience
- Copies of your higher education degree certificates. Please provide a certified translation if the original is not in German or English, and make sure these are clearly legible.
- Copy of your full set of transcript of records. Please provide an explanation of the grading system if this is not part of the transcript.
- Written confirmation for any work experience, internship or professional experience. This must be printed on headed paper, include a signature, the date of issue and a stamp; and/or proof of any political activities or service to your community, such as volunteering or work for charities or NGOs, if possible on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped.
- Recent language certificates (for English and/or German)
- Current written reference from your current employer or from a university lecturer if you are a student at present, on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped