The Fully Funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and provides students with the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Master programs with a focus on the social, political, and economic development of their home countries. Future leaders from developing nations who want to advance social justice and democracy in their own countries are supported by the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, also known as Public Policy and 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 in light of the principles of Good Governance.
Who can Apply for the Fully Funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship
The candidates can apply for the Fully Funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship who
- are graduates (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) from developing and emerging nations
- are willing to actively contribute to the social, political, and economic development of their home countries or regions
- have already gained practical experience relevant to the program (professional experience, internships, political/social commitment);
- have a first university degree with a strong academic foundation and above-average grades (upper third);
Fully Funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship Value
The recipients of the scholarships will be
- Holders of DAAD scholarships are exempt from paying tuition.
- scholarships for master’s programs at German higher education institutions (currently worth €934 per month)
- Germany’s system of health insurance
- Fair travel reimbursements for trips between Germany and the relevant developing and emerging nations
- a grant for research and study
- any applicable family supplements and rent subsidies
- prerequisite 6-month-long German language course in Germany; attendance is required
Due to the concept of blended learning used in the “Social Protection” master’s course, the following deviation with regard to funding benefits applies: In the fourth semester, which is a required online semester in the student’s home country or another developing or emerging nation, a surplus rate of € 500 per month is paid.
- The Participants must hold a first-level bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- A recent university degree must have been earned within the last six years.
- Graduates in the fields of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics, and public administration are eligible for the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship Programme.
- Applications should be submitted in either German or English and should be from a developing nation.
- All master’s programs have additional requirements that applicants must meet.
The following application materials are required for the fully funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship:
- a ticked-off criteria list and checklist, signed by hand (do not use a scanned signature), indicating the issue location and date
- the “Application for a Research/Study Scholarship” form from the DAAD (please type your responses or make sure they are legible).
- a single letter of motivation (even if you’re applying to two master’s programs), detailing your academic, professional, and personal motivations for wanting to be a part of the Helmut Schmidt Programme as well as your master’s program choices in detail, including why your top choice is your top choice, your second choice is your second choice, and how each will help you advance academically and professionally.
- copies of the diplomas you received for your graduate studies. If the original is not in German or English, kindly provide a certified translation, and make sure these are very legible.
- a copy of your entire transcript of records, along with a description of the grading policy. If the original is not in German or English, kindly provide a certified translation, and make sure these are very legible.
- written on letterhead, with an original (not scanned) or code-certified digital signature, the date of issue, and a stamp; confirmation of relevant professional experience or internships; and/or proof of relevant political activities or community service. Please submit a certified translation if necessary.
- evidence of English language proficiency
- an up-to-date written recommendation from your current employer or, if you’re a student, from a university lecturer, on letterhead, with an original (not scanned) or code-certified digital signature, the date of issue, and a stamp. Please submit a certified translation if necessary.
The 31st day of July 2023 is the last day to apply for the fully funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2024 in Germany.
Application Process for Fully Funded DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship
- Please only submit one copy of the DAAD application form, “Application for a research/study scholarship,” and specify the master’s program or programs you have chosen, with a clear indication of your top priority in the latter case.
- If you’re requesting admission to two master’s programs: In your motivation letter, please rank the courses in order of preference, explaining why your top master’s course choice is your top choice and your second choice is your second choice. Please give specific justifications for each course you have chosen, including how you believe it will help you succeed academically and professionally. The same letter of motivation must be submitted for both courses you are applying for.
- Please submit the application form and required documentation for the one or two master’s programs of your choice.