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

Dear students, 

We are pleased to share that the German scholarship programme, DAAD - Helmut-Schmidt-Programme has been announced for the year 2023. The DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (known as Public Policy and Good Governance) supports future leaders from developing 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. 

Target group

Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (bachelor or equivalent) who in the future 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 candidates from developing countries including Pakistan. 

What is fundable?

The scholarships are granted for selected master’s courses at German institutions of higher education in different cities in Germany. The selected master’s courses have a subject-specific focus on public policy, good governance, international relations, public management, public administration, civil society, geogovernance, peace and conflict studies, development and socioeconomic policies. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in English and/or German. The scholarship holders will study in groups and be offered special tutoring at their host institutions. Furthermore, there is the possibility of networking events for participants in different courses and their attendance at tailor-made workshops. Before taking up their master studies the scholarship holders will be placed on German courses in Germany for normally 6 months (this also applies to scholarship holders in master’s courses taught in English). 

Contact and Advice

Further information can be obtained on the website www.daad.de/stipendien-helmut-schmidt-programm or at the 8 universities. 

The application period at all eight master’s courses lasts from June 1st- July 31st, each year. 

To whom do I send my application?

You have to send your application to a maximum of two of the eight master’s courses listed in the announcement. 

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Master’s courses

HOCHSCHULE BONN-RHEIN-SIEG - Master of Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems
UNIVERSITY OF DUISBURG-ESSEN - Master of Development and­Governance
UNIVERSITY OF ERFURT - Master of Public Policy (MPP)
OTTO VON GUERICKE UNIVERSITY MAGDEBURG - Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)
UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES OSNABRÜCK - Master of Management in­Nonprofit-Organisationen
UNIVERSITY OF PASSAU - Master of Governance and Public Policy
UNIVERSITY OF PASSAU - Development Studies
UNIVERSITY OF POTSDAM - Master of Public Management (MPM)