DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme 2025 in Germany

July 09, 2024
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About this Program

DAAD Helmut Schmidt Programme 2025 is a fully-funded scholarship program for students living in developing countries. This program is well known globally as the Master’s Scholarship for Public Policy and Good Governance. The scholarship facilitates future leaders from developing countries, who are willing to promote democracy and social justice in their hometowns. In this way, social, political, and economic development will spread its roots in developing countries. On the path of the principles of good governance, highly qualified candidates are invited under the DAAD scholarships in Germany to get an education in law, economics, political science, economics, and administration. Thus, making them able to get leading positions in their home countries.

The DAAD scholarship in Europe is here to meet the requirements of a public sector that is convulsed with multifaceted organizational challenges. With the demand for strategic policymaking, these opportunities help participants equip with the latest theoretical knowledge, related skills, and developmental specified training in the key fields. Young potential leaders are encouraged to pursue their careers in one of the best universities in Germany. It is one of the best scholarship programs for brilliant students who want to acquire leadership skills by engaging in a foreign environment.

The German government scholarship permits outstanding students of developing countries to deepen their career progression paths by imparting quality-oriented professional skills during the master’s program’s tenure. Further, it helps participants share their opinions and convince the fellows and other participants with practical solutions through their eloquent presentations. The aspirants get the chance to work together with diversified people and help contribute their part to the economy of their native countries in particular and Italy in general through their enhanced knowledge and capabilities to lead the world.

Degree Level

Master’s Degree Level. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduates belonging to developing countries can apply.
  • The eligible countries are mentioned in the eligible countries list.
  • Candidates with a good academic record in the following fields can apply social and political sciences, law, economics, public policy, economics, and administration.
  • Students passionate about contributing to their countries’ socio-political and economic well-being can apply.
  • Students with relevant work experience can apply.


For selected students:

  • Exemption from tuition fees.
  • Engagement with events and seminars.
  • A stipend of Euro 934 per month.
  • Health insurance coverage.
  • Travel allowances.
  • Study and research grant. 
  • Research grant.
  • Rent subsidies and family supplements,
  • Preceding German language course.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic record.
  • Quality of motivation letter.
  • Alignment of the motivational letter with program goals.
  • Practical related experience.
  • The decision of the selection committee of the master’s course as well as of DAAD.
  • Selected candidates will be contacted by the DAAD and then they will have to upload documents on the DAAD portal.

Required Documents 

  • DAAD Checklist form.
  • DAAD Application form.
  • CV in reverse chronological order.
  • A single letter of motivation.
  •  Higher education degree certificates.
  • Transcripts.
  • Work experience certificate related to the Helmut-Schmidt Programmed.
  • Proof of English Language
  • Written references from current employer or university teacher

Program Duration

  • The program duration for the scholarship is a minimum of two years.

How to Apply

  • The applicants have to apply online through the official website in English or German.
  • Indicate the opted courses by prioritizing the options (you can apply for a maximum of two courses).
  • Complete the DAAD application form carefully. 
  • Submit the application form along with the required documents to the master’s course university, not to the DAAD.
  • Read DAAD FAQs before applying.
  • Applicants need to register in the application form: (https://www2.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/?detail=50026397)
  • Applicants must follow its instructions to finish all the required application procedures. 
  • Applicants must submit the application in the system as requested within the application period.

Application Deadline

  • DAAD Scholarship Application Deadline: The last date to apply for the scholarship is July 31, 2024.

For more information, you could go to the Official Website.

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