The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (known as Public Policy and Good Governance) supports future leaders from developing countries (see list of countries), 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.
Allowances for spouses and/or children are not applicable, as far as the programme includes study-phases in Germany and in your home country. 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.
Main DAAD selection criteria: Academic degree with far above average results (upper third) language skills (every university has different language proficiency requirements) political and social engagement a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany expected benefit when returning to the home country or region Most recent university degree should be obtained in the last six years prior to the application for the scholarship. Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not considered as eligible. All master´s courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants in any case.
Applications must be submitted in German or English. Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-SchmidtProgramme (Master’s scholarships for Public Po-licy and Good Governance). You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses listed below. Fill in the DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships (annex 2) only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority.
Write a single letter of motivation for both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority choice.
Send the DAAD scholarship form together with the letter of motivation and accompanied with the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. Do NOT send 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.
The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st , 2020. Please submit only legible copies of your documents. Please consider that illegible documents can lead to a formal rejection. In case your application has been sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be accepted. 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 non-specific 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.
In October/November 2020 a selection committee consisting of university professors and DAAD representatives meets and suggests potential candidates for a DAAD scholarship.
Afterwards the suggested candidates are contacted by DAAD to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal. Important: Make sure that you have a copy of each document of your application ready, as those documents (as PDF files) have to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal in case you are suggested for a DAAD scholarship!
The selection process will be finalized. All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process – approx. by the end of December 2020.
List of Master courses
You can choose between the following universities, alphabetically listed by city:
1. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters) Blended-learning concept: 1st semester at the university 2nd online semester ordinarily in Germany 3rd practical semester in Germany or in your home country or in a third country 4th online semester to prepare your master-thesis in your home country or other developing country https://www.h-brs.de/en/sv/study/master/analysis-and-design-socialprotection-systems e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org contact: Ms. Kerstin Schickendanz
2. Universität Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semesters) http://www.ma-dev-gov.de/ e-mail: email@example.com contact: Mr. Georg Lammich
3. Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP) (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters) http://www.brandtschool.de/master-program/helmut-schmidt-programme/ Please apply online at http://www.brandtschool.de/admissions/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org contact: Mr. Florian Heintze
4. Universität Magdeburg: Peace and Conflict Studies (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters) http://www.pacs.ovgu.de/Admission/Helmut_Schmidt_Programme-p898.html e-mail: email@example.com contact: Ms. Olivia Alphons
5. Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit- Organisations (language of instruction: German, programme duration: 4 semesters) https://www.hs-osnabrueck.de/de/studium/studienangebot /master/management-in-nonprofit-organisationen-ma/helmut-schmidt-programmdaad-stipendium/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. contact: Ms. Marlene Eimterbäumer.
6. Universität Passau: Development Studies (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semesters) https://www.uni-passau.de/en/ma-devstudies/daad-scholarship/ e-mail: email@example.com contact: Mr. Thomas Eibl
7. Universität Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy (languages of instruction: English and German, programme duration: 4 semesters) https://www.uni-passau.de/en/ma-govern/daad-scholarship e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org contact: Mr. Thomas Eibl
8. Universität Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM) (language of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semesters) https://www.up-transfer.de/en/executive-education/master-of-publicmanagement-daad-ppgg-scholarship// e-mail: email@example.com contact: Ms. Laura Hecht