Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance 2024

Deadline: 31 July 2023
Open to: Graduates from developing and emerging countries (bachelor or equivalent)
Benefits: DAAD scholarship holders are exempt from paying tuition fees.


With the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD strives to contribute to promoting good governance and civil society structures in developing and emerging countries.

The Programme:

  • offers future leaders master’s courses in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political, and economic development
  • prepares them in a practice-oriented course for responsible positions in or for their home regions and contributes to establishing economic and social institutions that are democratically oriented and designed to overcome social inequalities


Graduates 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 scholarship holders will receive:

  • 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 6 months; participation is mandatory

The following deviation regarding funding benefits applies for the “Social Protection” master’s course, due to its blended learning concept: A sur-placerate of € 500 per month is paid in the 4th semester (mandatory online semester in the student’s country of origin or another developing/emerging country).


For further information, please visit the official website.