DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance - PPGG)

The application period for all eight higher education institutions is from 1 June until 31 July 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.


  • 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

  • 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)


  • Academic education in the master’s courses selected by the DAAD that are listed below, will take place from September/October 2023. The courses of study have an international focus and are offered in English and/or German.

  • 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 organised 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.


  • Scholarships (of currently € 931 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 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’ programme, due to its blended learning concept: A sur place rate of € 500 per month is paid in the 4th semester (mandatory online semester in the student’s country of origin or another developing country).


The required application documents are:

• Checklist form, signed with place and date indication

• DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’

• A curriculum vitae

• Copies of your higher education degree certificates.

• Copy of your full set of transcript of records.

• Written confirmation for any work experience, internship or professional experience.

• Recent language certificates (for English and/or German)

• 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.