DAAD Master’s Scholarships at 8 Universities Call for Applications

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides numerous scholarships for foreign students to study at different degree levels in Germany. Browse to the end of the post to discover a comprehensive overview of DAAD Master’s Scholarships at 8 universities in Germany.

DAAD Master’s Scholarships at 8 Universities
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Program Overview

This program is intended to further adequately prepare future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of good governance and to prepare them for their professional life in a practice-oriented course. Very good graduates with a first university degree get the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in fields of study that are of particular relevance to their home country’s social, political and economic development. The knowledge and experience gained in Germany would help the scholarship winners to later contribute to the development of politically focused economic and social structures to address social tensions. The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) aims to support the institutions of good governance and civil society in selected partner countries and regions through this program.

The DAAD Master’s Scholarships at 8 universities will cover the successful candidates’ expense as explained below.

  • Monthly €850 grant for selected master’s programs at German higher education institutions listed below. The study programs typically begin in Sep/Oct 2021, and are taught in English and/or German.
  • Contributions to health insurance in Germany.
  • Adequate 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 2021 up to the end of September 2021. The language course is offered in selected institutes in Germany, and typically not in the same master’s program universities. Even for those taking a master’s course taught in English the language course is mandatory.
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The following special conditions for financing the study program “Analysis and design of social protection systems” are laid down because of its blended-learning-concept:

  • The DAAD offers a surplace rate of 500 EUR during the online semester in your home country or another developing countries.
  • Allowances for spouses and/or children do not apply, as long as the curriculum requires phases of research in Germany and in your home country.

A special tutoring is provided to the scholarship holders at their host universities, sponsored by DAAD. Additionally, the scholars are invited to take part in various networking activities. DAAD-scholarship recipients are exempted from tuition costs under the Helmut-Schmidt-Program.


The scholarship program is open to students in the fields of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and public administration from developed countries (see list of countries).

The program is open to highly skilled students with a first university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) who want to contribute actively to the social and economic growth of their countries or regions. It is open to young students with no professional experience and to mid-career professionals alike.


Main DAAD selection criteria:

  • Academic degree, with results far above average (upper third)
  • Language skills (every university has different criteria for language proficiency)
  • Engagement in politics and in society
  • A compelling explanation of the subject-matter and personal motivation for the German research project
  • Benefit anticipated when returning to the home country or region

The most recent university degree in the last six years should be earned before qualifying for the scholarship. Applicants who have spent more than 15 months remaining in Germany at the time of the application deadline are not deemed eligible.

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All master’s courses have additional requirements which the applicants must meet in any event.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in German or English. Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Programs (Master’s scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance). You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master’s courses listed below.

Just fill in the DAAD application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships once you have made it clear which course of study is your first choice and which one is your second. For both university courses that you select, write a single letter of motivation, justifying your first and second option of priority. Send to the two universities of your choice the DAAD scholarship form along with the letter of motivation and accompanied with the necessary documents listed below. Don’t forward it to DAAD.

The necessary documents are:

  • DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships (hand-signed, but electronically edited)
  • Hand-signed and dated motivation letter (one single letter for both universities) containing a precise description of the applicants’ academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing those master´s programmes and universities (two pages maximum)
  • Hand-signed and dated full curriculum vitae including information about the precise field of your studies, your political and social engagement and, if applicable, description of job experience
  • Copy of acquired Academic Degrees (certified translation if necessary, please attach an explanation of the grading system)
  • Copy of the transcript of records (certified translation if necessary)
  • Recent language certificates (German and/or English)
  • One letter of recommendation, signed and recently dated by your university professor or current employer, supplemented by an official letterhead, and stamp (not in a sealed envelope)
  • If applicable certificates of employment to support relevant professional experience mentioned in your CV by documentary evidence
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Only legible copies of your documents are sent. Please notice that illegible documents will result in a formal rejection. If your application has been sent to more than two universities or if non-specific requirements are given your application will not be accepted.

Applications may only be approved in full. If you do not follow the protocols stated, you will be disqualified from the application process.

Expired Date

The application period for DAAD Master’s Scholarships at 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st, 2020.

Contact Person

For more information, please contact the person in charge of the master’s program listed below.

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems

Contact: Ms. Kerstin Schickendanz
E-mail: info@ma-socialprotection.de
Website: https://www.h-brs.de/en/sv/study/master/analysis-and-design-socialprotection-systems

Universität Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance

Contact: Mr. Georg Lammich
E-mail: ma-devgov@uni-due.de
Website: http://www.ma-dev-gov.de/

Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Contact: Mr. Florian Heintze
E-mail: admissions-mpp@uni-erfurt.de
Website: http://www.brandtschool.de/master-program/helmut-schmidt-programme/

Universität Magdeburg: Peace and Conflict Studies

Contact: Ms. Olivia Alphons
E-mail: pacs@ovgu.de
Website: http://www.pacs.ovgu.de/Admission/Helmut_Schmidt_Programme-p898.html

Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit Organisations

Contact: Ms. Marlene Eimterbäumer
E-mail: ppgg@hs-osnabrueck.de
Website: https://www.hs-osnabrueck.de/de/studium/studienangebot /master/management-in-nonprofit-organisationen-ma/helmut-schmidt-programmdaad-stipendium/

Universität Passau: Development Studies

Contact: Mr. Thomas Eibl
E-mail: information.ppgg@uni-passau.de
Website: https://www.uni-passau.de/en/ma-devstudies/daad-scholarship/

Universität Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy

Contact: Mr. Thomas Eibl
E-mail: information.ppgg@uni-passau.de
Website: https://www.uni-passau.de/en/ma-govern/daad-scholarship

Universität Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)

Contact: Ms. Laura Hecht
E-mail: info@ppgg.mpm-potsdam.de
Website: https://www.up-transfer.de/en/executive-education/master-of-publicmanagement-daad-ppgg-scholarship//

Link to Official Website

DAAD Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance

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