DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Programme

Helmut-Schmidt Programme Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance

Deadline: 31st July, 2021

The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Programme supports future leaders from developing countries who want to promote democracy and social justice in their home countries. The programme is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. It 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, the graduates with a first academic degree are in political science, law, economics and administration and prepared for future leading positions in their home countries.

The aim of the programme is to further qualify future leaders from the areas of politics, law, business and administration based on the principles of good governance, and to prepare them for their future professional activities in a practice-oriented manner. Highly qualified graduates who have a first higher education degree are have the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in subjects that are particularly significant with regard to social, political and economic development in their countries of origin. The skills and experiences gained in Germany will enable the funded individuals to contribute to establishing economic and social forms that are democratically-oriented and designed to overcome social inequalities in their home countries. With the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD strives to contribute to promoting good governance and civil society structures in developing and emerging countries.


Highly qualified graduates from developing and emerging countries (see list of 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.

The most important selection criteria are:

  • Higher education degree obtained with above average results (top third of graduates)
  • Language certificates (requirements vary depending on the respective course of study)
  • Political and/or social involvement is an advantage
  • Evidence of internships and/or professional experience.
  • A conclusive account of the applicant’s academic and personal motivation for the study endeavour in Germany and for choosing and prioritising the courses of study
  • An account of the applicant’s perspectives upon returning to their home country or region

The following groups are not eligible:

  • Applicants who obtained their most recent higher education degree more than six years before submitting their application.
  • The Applicants who resides in a country that is not in the DAC list of developing and emerging countries for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline. Applicants who already hold a master’s degree in a similar discipline can only be considered in well-justified cases, if they can explain conclusively, why they would like to obtain another master’s degree.

All courses of study have their own application requirements (degree, grades, language skills, work experience, etc.) that must also be met by any interested individuals.

Please check the Call for Application for requirements.

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Scholarship Benefits

  • Scholarships (of currently €861 per month) for master´s degree courses at German higher education institutions.
  • Academic education in the courses of study selected will take place from September/October 2022. The courses of study also have an international focus and in German and/or English.
  • 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
  • Preceding German language course in Germany (or digitally in the country of origin, depending on the latest pandemic regulations), usually lasting 6 months. Participation is mandatory.

Application Period

The application period for all eight higher education institutions is from 1 June until 31 July 2021.

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Do you need more information on this programme, you can also visit DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme.

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