DAAD Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG) 957 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, is offering Masters Scholarships for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 2020 (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)) to students from eligible developing countries in Africa, Latin-America, South-Asia, Southeast-Asia, the Middle-East and Ukraine who wish to undertake Masters degree programmes in public policy and governance in Germany commencing September/October 2020.

The 8 participating German universities and associated eligible Masters degree programmes are:

  • Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (Master of Public Policy)
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen (Master of Development and Governance)
  • Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt (Master of Public Policy)
  • Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Public Economics, Law and Politics)
  • Hochschule Osnabrück (Management in Non-Profit Organisations – taught in German)
  • Universität Osnabrück (Master of Democratic Governance and Civil Society)
  • Universität Passau (Master of Governance and Public Policy)
  • Universität Potsdam (Master of Public Management)

This scholarship programme, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, enables students from developing countries to obtain a Masters degree in areas of particular relevance for the social, political and economic development in the students’ home countries. Most of the programmes are available in both English and German.  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.


Scholars are exempt from all tuition fees. DAAD will provide scholars with a monthly scholarship stipend of €850, a travel allowance, study and research subsidy, rent subsidies and/or allowances for accompanying spouses and/or children. The scholarship also covers health insurance in Germany. Scholars will receive a 6-month German language course from April to September 2020, which is compulsory even for those attending Masters degree programmes in English.

Scholars are given special tutoring at their host institutions, financed by DAAD. There is also the possibility of attending networking events.  However, scholars, will have to pay a registration fee of approximately € 250 each semester.



Applicants must be graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and in public administration from developing countries in Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia, the Middle East as well as from the Ukraine (see the Official Website for eligible countries), intending to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. They can be young graduates without professional experience or mid-career professionals.

The latest university degree should have been obtained within 6 years prior to the application for the scholarship. Those who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months are ineligible. Please refer to the individual universities for specific entry requirements for the various courses.


The application form is available online. Candidates can submit applications for DAAD scholarships of up to 2 Masters degree courses, to the appropriate universities and to DAAD, by 31 July 2019.

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