2023 DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance – PPGG in Germany

Deadline: July 31, 2022.

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.


  1. Graduates from developing countries (bachelor or equivalent) with a well-qualified first university degree as a rule in the fields of social and political sciences, law, economics, public policy and administration.
  2. Applicants willing to actively contribute to the social, political and economic development of their home countries/regions.
  3. Applicants who have already gained practical experience relevant for the programme (professional experience, internships, political/social commitment)


  1. Scholarships (of currently € 931 per month) for master’s courses at German higher education institutions.
  2. Health insurance cover in Germany.
  3. Appropriate travel allowances for travel between Germany and the respective developing countries
  4. A study and research grant.
  5. Rent subsidies and family supplements, as applicable.
  6. Preceding German language course in Germany, lasting up to 6 months. Participation is mandatory.


All applications must be submitted in English or German.

Please indicate clearly that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-SchmidtProgramme (Master’s scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance).
You may apply for up to two courses of study from the list below.

  1. Please complete the DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (see Attachment 2) only once and indicate
    your selected master’s course or courses, in the latter case clearly indicating your first and second priority.
  2. If you are applying for two master’s courses: Please submit a single application for both master’s courses, and only one letter of motivation. In this letter, you should explain in detail, why you chose the respective master’s courses as well as your reasons for prioritising.
  3. Please submit the application form to the master’s courses of your choice (no more than two), along with the required documents (see below). Scholarship applications are only accepted via the master’s


The required application documents are:

  1. Checklist form, signed with place and date indication.
  2. DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (please type your answers or make sure they are easy to read).
  3. A single letter of motivation, if you are applying for two master’s courses for both of them including a precise account of your academic, professional and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme, as well as a detailed explanation of your choice of master’s courses and prioritisation, no more than two pages long
  4. A curriculum vitae in reverse chronological order without any unexplained gaps (please use the europass template) including exact information about your studies, and on practical experience
  5. Copies of your higher education degree certificates. Please provide a certified translation if the original is not in German or English, and make sure these are clearly legible.
  6. Copy of your full set of transcript of records. Please provide an explanation of the grading system if this is not part of the transcript.
  7. Written confirmation for any work experience, internship or professional experience. This must be printed on headed paper, include a signature, the date of issue and a stamp; and/or proof of any political activities or service to your community, such as volunteering or work for charities or NGOs, if possible on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped.
  8. Recent language certificates (for English and/or German).
  9. Current written reference from your current employer or from a university lecturer if you are a student at present, on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped.


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