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DAAD Helmut-Schmidt 2022-2023 Masters Scholarship Programme [Fully Funded to Germany]

This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of good governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life.

Very good graduates with a first university degree get the chance to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance to the social, political and economic development of their home country.

The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany should enable the scholarship holders to later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social differences.

In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should qualify the scholarship holders to become partners in the political and economic co-operation with Germany.

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DAAD scholarship in Germany is a private, federally funded and state-funded, self governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German higher education institutions (100 universities and technical universities, 162 general universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of music and art) [2003]. The DAAD itself does not offer programs of study or courses, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. It also awards grants to German... read more


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DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarship

DAAD scholarship holders are exempt from paying tuition fees, in addition to the following other benefits;

  • Scholarships (of currently € 931 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 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.

Requirements for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarship Qualification

  • The scholarship scheme is open to graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and in public administration from Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, from countries in the Middle East as well as from the Ukraine.
  • The programme is open for very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (bachelor or equivalent) who want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries.
  • The scholarships are offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

Selection Criteria: The main DAAD criteria for selection are the following:

  • The study results so far
  • Knowledge of English (and German)
  • Political and social engagement
  • A convincing description of the subject-related and
  • Personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit when returning to the home country.
  • The latest university degree should have been obtained during the six years prior to the application for the scholarship.
  • Applicants cannot be considered if they have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of application.

All master´s courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants in any case.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarship

The most important selection criteria are:

  • A conclusive account of the applicant’s academic, professional and personal motivation for the study endeavour in Germany and for choosing and prioritising the master’s courses
  •  This motivation also relates to the goals of the Helmut Schmidt Programme
  • Practical experience relevant to the programme (work experience, internships or professional experience, political activities or service to your community, such as volunteering or work for charities or NGOs)
  • A first higher education degree completed with above-average grades (top third of graduates)

Documents Required for Application

The required application documents are:

  • Checklist form, signed with place and date indication
  • DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (please type your answers or make sure they are easy to read)
  • A single letter of motivation
  • A curriculum vitae in reverse chronological order without any unexplained gaps (please use the europass template) including exact information about your studies, and on practical experience
  • Copies of your higher education degree certificates.
  • Copy of your full set of transcript of records
  • Written confirmation for any work experience, internship or professional experience.
  • Recent language certificates (for English and/or German)
  • Current written reference from your current employer or from a university lecturer if you are a student at present, on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped


Application Deadline

July 31, 2022


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted in English or German. Please refer to the call for applications for detailed application instructions. When applying for placement, please indicate clearly that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Programme (Master’s scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance). You may apply for up to two courses of study from the list below.

  1. Please complete the DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (see Attachment 2) only once and indicate your selected master’s course or courses, in the latter case clearly indicating your first and second priority.
  2. If you are applying for two master’s courses: Please submit a single application for both master’s courses, and only one letter of motivation. In this letter, you should explain in detail, why you chose the respective master’s courses as well as your reasons for prioritising.
  3. Please submit the application form to the master’s courses of your choice (no more than two), along with the required documents (see below). Scholarship applications are only accepted via the master’s courses.

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