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.
Course Level: Scholarships are for Master courses at a German institution of higher education.
Study Subject (s): Scholarships are provided in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of applicant’s home country.
Scholarship Award: DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 750 €. The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany. In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance and a study and research subsidy as well as rent subsidies and/or allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable. DAAD scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees.
Scholarship can be taken in Germany
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. 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.
Nationality: Students of Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and America can apply for these scholarships.
List of Countries: Europe (Ukraine), Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Dem. Rep., Central African Republic, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauretania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria), Middle East (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestinian Administered Areas, Syria and Yemen), Asia: (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Dem. Rep., Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, Rwanda, Sâo Tomé und Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, America (Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela) can apply for this DAAD International scholarship.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: 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.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirements: For Master courses taught in German or in German and English, good knowledge of German (ideally at completed A 2 level at the time of application) is an advantage for being able to pass the German language test required for admission to the Master programme at the end of the six-month preparatory German course. For courses taught in English, proof of good knowledge of English is required.
How to Apply: Applications have to be submitted in German or English. Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-SchmidtProgramme (Master’s scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance). Please submit your applications for the selected master`s courses and for the DAAD scholarship to the respective universities only (not to DAAD). The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1 st to July 31st 2017. 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. You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses listed below. Please fill in the DAAD application form only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority. Please send this same application form and the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. In case your application is sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be accepted. Furthermore, we would like to point out that only complete applications can be accepted. The necessary documents are:
- DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please fill in electronically and not written by hand)
- Motivation letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing this scholarship programme and the universities, two pages maximum
- Full curriculum vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience
- Copies of acquired university degrees (an explanation of the grading system has to be attached)
- Copies of the transcript of records
- Copy of the school leaving certificate/high school diploma which entitles holders to study at a university in their home country
- Recent language certificates (German and English)
- Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers of recent date, supplemented by signature, official letterhead, stamp (not in a sealed envelope)
If you fail to follow the given procedures, you will be excluded from the application process. The committee selecting the candidates at the end of 2017 consists of professors responsible for the respective study programmes and of representatives from DAAD. All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process – approx. by the end of December 2017.
Application Deadline: The next application deadline is July 31, 2017.