Postgraduate studies


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

Brief Description

This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers very good 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. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

The following Master courses are available:

• Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• University Duisburg-Essen: Master of Development and Governance
• Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• Leuphania University Lüneburg: Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP)
• Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Nonprofit Organizations
• University of Osnabrück: M.A. Democratic Governance and Civil Society
• University Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy
• University Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)

Who can apply?

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 Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East (see list of countries).


Please submit your application for the selected Master courses and for the DAAD scholarship directly to the respective university. The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st 2018. 

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