July 31, 2019.



(Partially Funded)


DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme – Willy Brandt School

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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The Willy Brandt School is a partner in the DAAD’s Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance). Helmut-Schmidt scholarships include stipends for living costs and a tuition waiver from the Brandt School.

Please note that all applications for a Helmut-Schmidt DAAD scholarship have to be submitted directly via the online application portal , paper-based applications will not be accepted.
No additional application to the DAAD is required.

If your online application is shortlisted, you will be notified in late October. Shortlisted candidates must submit certified hard copies of all application documents to the Brandt School by mid-November. Final decisions regarding scholarship awards are made in December. Representatives of both the DAAD and the Brandt School are responsible for the final admission decision to the scholarship program. Please understand that the Brandt School cannot inform you about the status of your application during the selection procedure.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • social sciences.
  • political sciences.
  • law.
  • economics.
  •  public administration.

Required Languages

English or German.

Eligible Countries


list of eligible countries

Program Period

It depends on the program selected, It varies from 2 semester to 4 semesters.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • All Helmut-Schmidt scholars will need to attend an additional German language course of generally six months starting in April of the respective year. If you are already proficient in German, exceptions may be possible. The language course takes place at selected institutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected MA programmes. The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master´s course taught in English.
  • 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. It is offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

The prerequisites for applying to the Master of Public Policy program are:

  • higher education entrance qualification (i.e. high school diploma, Abitur).
  • college or university degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, state exam, etc.) equivalent to a German Bachelor’s degree with a minimum duration of 6 semesters.
  • first professional experience.
  • above-average grades or above-average professional performance.
  • analytical talent and pronounced interest in political problems.
  • very good English language proficiency ( TOEFL: Internet based test (iBT): 90 or above, Paper test: 577 or above. Please note: the ITP test can not be acceptedIELTS: 6.5 or above (for all categories – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) ; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English : A or B).
  • candidates who received their degree from an English-language college or university are not required to submit proof of their English language proficiency in the form of a test score report. Instead, they must submit an official letter from their university stating that English was the language of instruction, all coursework, and all examinations.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected MA programmes at German institutions of higher education. The study programmes are usually starting in Sep/Oct 2020 and are taught in German and/or English.
  •  contributions to health insurance in Germany.
  •  appropriate travel allowance.
  •  study and research subsidy.
  •   monthly rent subsidy where applicable.
  •  allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable.
  •  6-months-German language course from April 2020 to September 2020.
  • The scholarship holders are offered a special tutoring at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, the scholars are invited to participate at different networking events.
  • DAAD-scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are exempted from tuition fees.

How to Apply

First Step: Submit DAAD form:

The DAAD Application form should be hand-signed and then uploaded to your online application. Only signed forms are valid.

Hints for filling in the DAAD form:

  • cover page: please check “Other programmes” on the first page and specify “Helmut-Schmidt-Programme”.
  • page 1, no. 6: Duration of planned stay in Germany: Please indicate April 1st, 2020, to July 31, 2022.
  • page 2, no. 10: Study/research projects in Germany: you are free to either leave this section in blank or to write a short summary of your study focus.

Only complete applications are accepted.

Second Step: Summit the online application, Write a single letter of motivation for both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority choice.

The necessary documents are:

After receiving your application, they may ask you for further documents depending on your personal and educational background.

  •  DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships (only electronically editing possible).
  •  Hand-signed and dated motivation letter (one single letter for both universities) containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing those MA-programmes and universities (two pages maximum).
  •  Hand-signed and dated full curriculum vitae including.

Third Step: Send the DAAD scholarship form together with the letter of motivation and accompanied with the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. Do NOT send it to DAAD

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Reviewed by” Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt
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