DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Programme Masters Scholarships

Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance

The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarship supports future leaders from developing countries. Firstly, it allows them to promote democracy and social justice in their home countries. Additionally, the German Federal Foreign Office funds this programme. It offers a chance to gain an advanced degree relevant for social, political, and economic development in the students’ countries of origin.

Also, the programme prepares graduates with a first academic degree in political science, law, economics, and administration. Ultimately, it grooms them for future leading positions guided by Good Governance principles in their homelands. The scholarship strives to contribute to good governance and civil society structures in developing and emerging countries.

Its aim is to further qualify future leaders from politics, law, business, and administration based on good governance principles. Consequently, it prepares them for professional activities in a practice-oriented manner. Highly qualified graduates receive a master’s degree significant for development in their countries of origin.

The skills and experiences gained enable funded individuals to establish democratic economic and social forms. Additionally, they learn to overcome social inequalities in their home countries. Through this programme, DAAD promotes good governance and civil society in developing and emerging nations. In essence, it empowers future leaders to drive positive change through advanced German education.

Who Can Apply for the Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships

Highly qualified graduates from developing and emerging countries (see list of countries) who have got their first higher education degree in the subject areas of political and social studies, economics and business administration, legal and administrative sciences.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are from developing and emerging countries (bachelor or equivalent)
  • With a well-qualified first university degree and above-average grades (upper third) in 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)

The following groups are not eligible:

  • Applicants who got their most recent higher education degree over six years before submitting their application.
  • The Applicants who lives in a country that is not in the DAC list of developing and emerging countries for over 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. They must also be able to explain conclusively why they would like to get another master’s degree.

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

Please check the Call for Application for requirements. You can also read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.


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Scholarship Benefits of the Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships

  • Scholarships (of currently € 934 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 and emerging countries
  • A study and research grant
  • Rent subsidies and family supplements, as applicable
  • Preceding German language course in Germany, lasting up to 4 months; participation is mandatory

Application Period

The application period for all eight higher education institutions is from 1 June until 31 July 2024.

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

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