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DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme in Germany 2022

DAAD is taking applications for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme in Public Policy and Good Governance in Germany for foreign students for the 2021/22 academic year.

The purpose of the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is to further develop future leaders from the fields of law, politics, business and administration on the basis of the principles of good governance, and to get them ready for their future professional undertakings in a practice-focused manner. Well-qualified graduates who have gotten a first higher academic degree are granted the chance to obtain a master’s degree in subjects that are principally significant with respect to social, political and economic growth in their countries of origin.

The skills and experiences acquired in Germany will allow the funded persons to contribute to creating economic and social reforms that are democratically-focused and designed to overcome social disparities in their home nations. With the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD aims to add to advancing good governance and civil society structures in developing and emergent nations.

This program is structured to further develop future leaders in law, politics, economics, and administration in line with the principles of Good Governance and to get them ready in a practice-oriented program for their professional life. The programme provides very good graduates with a first university degree qualification the opportunity to acquire a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of particular relevance for the political, social, and economic development of their home nation. With this programme, DAAD aims to add to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in chosen partner nations and regions.

Worth of DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme

  • Scholarship awards (of presently €861 each month) for master´s degree programs at German higher academic institutions.
  • Health insurance cover in Germany.
  • Relevant travel stipends for travel between Germany and the developing nation in question and Germany.
  • A study and research grant.
  • Rent subsidies and family additions, as applicable.

Eligibility for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme

  • Well-qualified graduates from developing and emergent nations who have obtained their first higher academic degree in the fields of political and social studies, economics and business admin, legal and administrative sciences.

The following groups are not eligible:

  • Candidates who got their most recent higher academic degree over six years prior to submitting their application.
  • Candidates who have lived in a nation that is not included in the DAC list of developing and emergent nations for over 15 months at the time of the application closing date.

How to Apply for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme

The needed application credentials for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are:

  • DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (please fill out the form by electronic means and sign it by hand).
  • One motivation letter for both higher academic institutions with a detailed account of your academic, professional, and personal objectives for wishing to take part in the programme, and also a detailed description of your choice of programs of study
    and prioritization. The letter may be up to two pages long and is required to bear the current date and candidate’s signature.
  • A gap-free curriculum vitae (if possible, please use the Europass template available at with exact information about your studies, political/social involvement, and any work experience, as well as the current date and your signature.
  • Copies of your higher academic degree certificates (certified translation if applicable, with a description of the grading system), please ensure these are clearly readable.
  • Copy of your transcript of records including the grading system, certified
    translation if necessary.
  • Working timesheet for any listed internships, volunteer experience, and work experience has to be included. These has to be signed and bear the date, letterhead, and stamp.
  • Valid language certificates (for German and/or English).
  • A recently written reference letter, preferably from your present employer or from a university professor, bearing a signature, letterhead, and stamp (not required to be in a sealed envelope).

Application Deadline

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

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