Hertie School of Governance Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (DAAD) 2019 for International Masters Students

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The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is named in honor of the former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt and is a cooperation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and eight German universities. The next Helmut-Schmidt-Programme starts in September 2020. Applications will be accepted from 1 June 2019 to 31 July 2019.

Application Deadline: 31st July 2019.

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

To be taken at (country): Germany

About the Award: The programme supports future leaders from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, and countries in the Middle East and from Ukraine who strive to promote democracy and social justice.

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Type: Masters


  • The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East (see list of countries). The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is also open to candidates from Ukraine.
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (BA) or its international equivalent. The last completed degree must not be more than 6 years old.
  • Applicants cannot be considered if they have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline.
  • Prior to the study programmes, all scholarship holders will receive a 5-month-German language course from April to September 2020. The language course is compulsory for all Helmut-Schmidt-programme scholarship recipients and applicants thus need to be able to travel to Germany in April 2020.
  • Unless you are a native speaker or have completed your entire first degree at an English-language university, an official English test is needed for your application. The Hertie School of Governance recognizes the Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE (minimum grade C), CAE (minimum grade B), the IELTS (with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a writing score of at least 7), as well as the TOEFL tests PBT (with a minimum score of at least 600 points), CBT (250 points) and iBT (100 points).

Selection Criteria: The main DAAD criteria for selection are the following:

  • the study results so far,
  • knowledge of English (and German),
  • political and social engagement,
  • a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit when returning to the home country.

The committee selecting the candidates at the end of 2019 consists of professors responsible for the MPP programme and of representatives from DAAD.

All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process –approximately by the end of December 2019.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Scholarship recipients in the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme receive a full scholarship, including a tuition waiver.

How to Apply: Applicants for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme choose up to two universities in Germany and apply directly to their universities of choice. Please note that local DAAD offices do not accept applications for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme.

If the MPP at the Hertie School is among the programmes of your choice for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, please apply via our online application portal and direct all questions concerning the application process to the admissions team grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org.

Applications for the MPP at Hertie School are processed online. To fill in our application form and upload all necessary documents, please access the application module via this link.

A complete application for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme encompasses:

  • Hand-signed full curriculum vitae with current date including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience;
  • Hand-signed Motivation letter with current date containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing this scholarship programme and academic study programme, two pages maximuml;
  • Transcripts and diplomas of all attended universities and/or colleges. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (BA) or its international equivalent. The last completed degree must not be more than 6 years old;
  • English Proficiency Proof Either a letter from the university stating that you have studied at least 6 Semesters at an English speaking institution or a valid English Test Certificate. For more information visit our FAQs;
  • The completed DAAD application formfileadmin/1_Study/11_Scholarships_and_funding/Helmut_Schmidt_DAAD/DAAD_application_form.pdffor research grants and study scholarships (please fill in electronically and not written by hand).

In order to complete your application we also require:

  • Two letters of reference.

Current students and applicants who graduated from their most recent degree less than 3 years before applying must submit two academic letters of reference;

Applicants who graduated from their most recent degree 3 to 5 years before applying can supply one professional letter of reference in place of one of your academic references;

Applicants who graduated from their most recent degree more than 5 years before applying may supply two professional letters of reference if no academic references are available.

The letters of reference must be sent to us directly by the referee.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying

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