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

Objectives of the programme

The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is designed to academically qualify future leaders in the fields of Social & Political Science, Law, Economics, Public Policy and Administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a practice-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers highly qualified graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country or region. With the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany the scholarship holders should later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions. 

Target Group

Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (bachelor or equivalent) who would like to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries or regions. 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 and emerging countries. 

What is fundable?

The scholarships are granted for selected master’s courses at German institutions universities 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, Geo-Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development and Socio-Economic Policies. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in English. The scholarship holders will study in small groups and will be offered special tutoring at their host institutions. Furthermore, there are networking events for participants in different courses and tailor-made workshops. Before taking up their master's studies, the scholarship holders will take part in German courses in Germany for up to six months.

Current Announcement

Please find more information about the scholarship and the current call for applications here.



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