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The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance is a program aimed at supporting talented graduates from developing countries who are interested in studying public policy and governance at a Master's level in Germany. The scholarship is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and is administered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The scholarship seeks to contribute to the development of effective and democratic public administration systems in the selected developing countries by providing opportunities for qualified professionals to gain advanced knowledge and skills in public policy and governance. The program provides scholars with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and to develop practical solutions to real-world challenges.

Level of Study

DAAD scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees. DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 931 €. The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany, appropriate travel allowance, a study and research subsidy as well as rent subsidies and/or allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable.

Prior to their study programmes, all scholarship holders will also receive a 6- months German language course. Participation is mandatory.


Applicants for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • They must be from a developing country.
  • They must have at least two years of professional experience in a relevant field after their first university degree (bachelor's or equivalent).
  • They must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to social sciences, public administration, law, economics, or business administration.
  • They must have an academic record that demonstrates excellent performance.
  • They must have a strong interest in public policy and governance and be committed to promoting good governance in their home country.
  • They must have demonstrated leadership qualities and be willing to assume responsibility in a professional context.
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