DAAD-Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 2020 – Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance


Since 2009, the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (known as Public Policy and Good Governance) is supporting future leaders from Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia, from countries in the Middle East as well as from the Ukraine , 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.


The scholarship programme is open to graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and in public administration from Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia, from countries in the Middle East as well as from the Ukraine ( see List of countries)

Scholarship award

Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected MA programmes at German institutions of higher education . The study programmes are usually starting in Sep/Oct 2020 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 2020 to September 2020.

The language course takes place at selected institutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected MA programmes. The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master´s course taught in English.

The scholarship holders are offered a special tutoring at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, the scholars are invited to participate at different networking events.

DAAD-scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees.

Please note :

The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st, 2019.

Please submit only legible copies of your documents.

Please consider that illegible documents can lead to a formal rejection.

Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university. They become property of the DAAD and will not be returned. The applicant has no right to claim for reimbursement. In case your application is sent to more than two universities or if nonspecific priorities are given your application will not be accepted.

Only complete applications can be accepted.

If you fail to follow the given procedures, you will be excluded from the application process.

For more information and application process,please check the following documents

or visit the official website


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