DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Master’s Scholarships 2024 (Fully Funded)

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.

The Programme

• offers future leaders master’s courses in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political, and economic development
• prepares them in a practice-oriented course for responsible positions in or for their home regions and contributes to establishing economic and social institutions that are democratically oriented and designed to overcome social inequalities


Graduates from developing and emerging countries (bachelor or equivalent)
• with a well-qualified first university degree and above-average grades (upper third) in Social and Political Sciences, Law, Economics, Public Policy and Administration
• willing to actively contribute to the social, political and economic development of their home countries/regions
• who have already gained practical experience relevant for the programme (professional experience, internships, political/social commitment)

Also check this : NRF-DAAD In-Country Scholarship 2023 (Fully Funded)

Scholarship Benefits

  • Academic education in one of the master’s courses, listed below and selected by the DAAD, will take place from September/October 2024.
  • The courses have an international focus and are mainly offered in English.
  • Throughout their studies, all scholarship holders of the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme benefit from accompanying support services provided by the programme coordinators at the respective study locations.
  • Scholarship holders benefit from events and seminars organized specifically for them, as well as close exchange with other international scholarship holders.
  • Planning also provides for participation in interdisciplinary networking events.
  • DAAD scholarship holders are exempt from paying tuition fees.

Scholarship Value

The scholarship holders will receive

• scholarships (of currently € 934 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 and emerging 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
The following deviation regarding funding benefits applies for the “Social Protection” master’s course, due to its blended learning concept: A sur-placerate of € 500 per month is paid in the 4th semester (mandatory online semester in the student’s country of origin or another developing/emerging country).

Selection Procedure

  • The selection will be made by a selection committee in October/November 2023. The committee comprises professors from the participating master’s courses and representatives of the DAAD.
  • Next step: The candidates that were proposed for a scholarship are contacted by the DAAD and asked to upload their full documents to the DAAD portal.
  • Please do not upload any application documents unless you are nominated by the DAAD.
  • Important: Please make sure that you have a full set of copies of your application documents in PDF format. Please submit original documents, only if you are explicitly asked to do so by the master’s course.
  • Thus, the selection process is finalized. All applicants are informed in writing after the end of the selection process in mid to late December 2023.

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