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Helmut-Schmidt-Programme

DAAD Master's Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)                                          

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East, within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme. Further information on the programme and a detailed list of countries can be found on the DAAD webpage.


The application period for DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme scholarship candidates for the academic year 2023/24 is currently ongoing between the 1st of June and 31st of July 2022.


Please note that all applications for a DAAD scholarship need to be submitted directly to the university. There is no additional application to DAAD required.

The application form for a DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme scholarship is accessible here. Please fill this form (note: it is not necessary to fill out question 10!) and send it to a maximum of 2 Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Master courses of your choice. The admission criteria for each university differ a bit. Make sure that you meet the criteria of every university you apply to.

If you are applying for the Master of Development and Governance at the University Duisburg-Essen within the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the application form and all required documents have to be sent to: ppgg-application@uni-due.de

Required documents for application:

Due to the new announcement by DAAD, some formalities are slightly modified:

  • Completed DAAD checklist form, signed with place and date indication
  • Completed DAAD scholarship application form (note: it is not necessary to fill out question 10!) 
  • Letter of motivation, 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, not more than two pages long
  • 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.
    Please note that we require at least one year of full-time work experience in a relevant field for our master’s
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    As mentioned above, we require at least one year of full-time work experience in a relevant field for our master’s
  • Recent language certificates for English proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide a recent language certificate (TOEFL or IELTS) giving evidence of their level of proficiency in English
    • TOEFL: Paper based test: minimum score of 550; Computer based test: minimum score of 213; Internet based test: minimum score of 80
    • IELTS: minimum score of 6.0
    • Applicants can be exempted from this requirement only if they hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an English-language college or university. Instead they are required to provide proof that English was the language of instruction and of all examinations of their degree course, issued by their previous university
  • Current written reference from your current employer or from an university lecturer if you are a student at present, on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped

Format of digital applications

Applications must be submitted in one email, with one single pdf file attached.
Please do not send us more than a maximum of 45 text pages.
Keep the file size below 10 MB. We cannot consider attachments in rare file formats or archive formats (e.g. rar or zip) and we do not download files from filesharing platforms (e.g. dropbox).

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact our Admission Officer: ppgg-application@uni-due.de