DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2023-2024

DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2023-2024

The DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2023 supports future leaders from developing countries who strive to promote democracy and social justice.

In the context of the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, future leaders in politics, law, business, and administration study for further academic qualifications. With a focus on practice, they prepare for their future professional careers following the principles of good governance.

The DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship offers highly qualified graduates the opportunity to gain a master’s degree in subjects that are of particular importance for the social, political, and economic development in their countries of origin. Support is available for promising young professionals and managerial staff from developing and emerging countries.

DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2023 Objective

The aim of the programme is to train future leaders to play an active role in the further social and economic development of their home countries. 

Scholarship holders are expected to use the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany to contribute to establishing democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social disparities in their home countries. Thus, the DAAD programme should contribute to supporting good governance and civil society structures in the partner countries and regions. 

Also, training at German higher education institutions should provide special opportunities to qualify scholarship holders as contact partners for German politics and industry.

Worth of DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship

  • Scholarships (currently €931 per month) for master’s courses at German higher education institutions. 
  • Health insurance coverage in Germany 
  • Appropriate travel allowances for travel between Germany and the respective developing countries 
  • A study and research grant
  • Rent subsidies and family supplements, as applicable 
  • Preceding German language course in Germany, lasting up to 6 months. Participation is mandatory.

Application Documents

The required application documents are

  • Checklist form, signed with the place and date indication 
  • DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (please type your answers or make sure they are easy to read)
  • A single letter of motivation, if you are applying for two master’s courses for both of them including a precise account of your academic, professional, and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme, as well as a detailed explanation of your choice of master’s courses and prioritization, no more than two pages long
  • A curriculum vitae in reverse chronological order without any unexplained gaps (please use the Europass template) including exact information about your studies, and practical experience 
  • Copies of your higher education degree certificates. Please provide a certified translation if the original is not in German or English, and make sure these are clearly legible. 
  • Copy of your full set of transcripts of records. Please provide an explanation of the grading system if this is not part of the transcript. 
  • Written confirmation for any work experience, internship, or professional experience. This must be printed on headed paper, including a signature, the date of issue, and a stamp; and/or proof of any political activities or service to your community, such as volunteering or work for charities or NGOs, if possible on headed paper, signed, dated and stamped. 
  • Recent language certificates (for English and/or German) 
  • Currently written reference from your current employer or from a university lecturer if you are a student at present, on headed paper, signed, dated, and stamped 

How to Apply for the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship

All applications must be submitted in English or German. 

Please indicate clearly that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2023 (Master’s scholarship in Public Policy and Good Governance). You may apply for up to two courses of study from the list below. 

  • Please complete the DAAD application form ‘Application for a research/study scholarship’ (see Attachment 2) only once and indicate your selected master’s course or courses, in the latter case clearly indicating your first and second priority.
  • If you are applying for two master’s courses: Please submit a single application for both master’s courses and only one letter of motivation. In this letter, you should explain in detail why you chose the respective master’s courses as well as your reasons for prioritizing. 
  • Please submit the application form to the master’s courses of your choice (no more than two), along with the required documents (see below). Scholarship applications are only accepted via master’s courses.

DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholarship 2023 Deadline

The application period for all eight higher education institutions is from 1 June until 31 July 2023

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