Master Scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance, DAAD Germany

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This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers very good graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country.

With the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany the scholarship holders should later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should especially qualify the scholarship holders as partners in political and economic cooperation with Germany. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

Who can apply?
The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East.

Target group
Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who in the future want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. The scholarships are offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

What is fundable?
The scholarships are for Master courses at a German institution of higher education. The successful candidates will study on one of the selected Master courses listed below. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in German and/or English.

The scholarship holders will study in groups and be offered a special DAAD-financed tutoring at their host institutions. Furthermore, there is the possibility of networking events for participants in different courses and their attendance at tailor-made summer-schools.

Before taking up their Master studies the scholarship holders will be placed on German courses for normally 6 months (this also applies to scholarship holders in Master courses taught in English). The language courses take place at selected institutes in Germany and not at the universities.

DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 750 €. The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany. In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance as well as a study and research subsidy and in applicable cases rent subsidies and / or family allowances. DAAD-scholarship holders are exempt from tuition fees.

In addition to the completed undergraduate studies (Bachelor or equivalent) and the study results, the main criterion for selection is a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit after the return to the home country.

For Master courses taught in German or in German and English, good knowledge of German (ideally at completed A 2 level at the time of application) is an advantage for being able to pass the German language test required for admission to the Master programme at the end of the six-month preparatory German course. For all courses proof of good knowledge of English is required. For more details please check the admission requirements for the selected course.

The university degree should have been obtained during the six years before the application for the scholarship. Applicants cannot be considered if they have been in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of application.

All Master courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants at any case.

Please hand in your application papers in duplicate (one original set and one copy) and indicate, that you are applying for the PPGG Programme!

The necessary documents are:

  • DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please download here);
  • Motivation Letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme;
  • Full Curriculum Vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience;
  • Recent language certificates giving evidence of your level of proficiency in English (TOEFL, IELTS) and if applicable in German. Please make sure to register in time for the respective tests. If the certificate is not available at the time of application, please make sure to submit the confirmation of your course registration including the exam date together with your documents. The results must be submitted to until 1st September, 2013 at the latest. Fees for obtaining such certificates are considered as a personal career investment and will not be reimbursed.
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers;
  • Officially authenticated copies of all certificates.

In this programme it is not necessary to submit proof of contact with the selected university.

Further information about the papers to be submitted is listed on the application form which can be also obtained from the Internet (, from the diplomatic and consular representations of the Federal Republic of Germany or from the local DAAD lecturers, Offices or Information Centres. The application must be written in English or German. Papers should not be stapled and preferably be in DIN A4 format (or smaller).

DAAD cannot consider incomplete applications.

Applications have to be made for one of the Master courses listed below at the DAAD Offices or diplomatic and consular representations of the Federal Republic of Germany. You can indicate a second and third choice from the list. Studying on a Master course not included in the list cannot be funded within this programme.

For more information related to the study courses contact the persons in charge listed below.

The decision on the award of scholarships will be taken by a selection committee composed of professors from the Master courses and representatives of DAAD.

The complete set of application papers must generally be submitted by 31 July 2013 to the usual application address in your home country (in most cases the local DAAD or diplomatic representation). You will find the exact address to which the application has to be submitted on the DAAD website at country specific information. You can also ask the German diplomatic and consular representations or the DAAD representatives in your home country. They can also provide addresses of other institutions in your country to which you could turn for information and advice. Successful candidates will be informed in December 2013 or at the latest in January 2014.

Contact and advice
Further information can be obtained from DAAD Section 442 (

List of Master courses in the PPGG programme
You can choose between following Master courses (in alphabetical order):

1. Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
(medium of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semester)

Please register for this course also online at the Hertie School of Governance (
e-mail: mpp<at>
contact: Mr. Benjamin Steffen

2. Universität Duisburg-Essen: M.A. Development and Governance
(medium of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semester)

e-mail: ma-devgov<at>
contact: Mr. Christian Tischmeyer

3. Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
(medium of instruction: English, programme duration: 4 semester)

e-mail: admissions-mpp<at>
contact: Ms. Kristiina Valdru

4. Leuphana Universität Lüneburg: Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP)
(medium of instruction: English and German, programme duration: 4 semester)

e-mail: kronfeldt<at>
contact: Mr. Marcus Kronfeldt

5. Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit-Organisationen
(medium of instruction: German, programme duration: 4 semester)
e-mail: ppgg<at>
contact: Ms. Pauline Mißling

6. Universität Osnabrück: Master Demokratisches Regieren und Zivilgesellschaft
(medium of instruction: English and German, programme duration: 4 semester)
e-mail: dseaman<at>
contact: Mr. David Seaman

7. Universität Passau: Governance and Public Policy – Staatswissenschaften
(medium of instruction: English and German, programme duration: 4 semester)

e-mail: governance<at>
contact: Dr. Christian Dölle (Mr)

8. Universität Potsdam: Public Policy and Management (PPM)
(medium of instruction: English, programme duration: 2 semester)

e-mail: carboni<at>
contact: Ms. Giulia Carboni

Please make sure to scrutinize the admission requirements of the Master course of your choice.

For more information, please visit official website:

21 comments on “Master Scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance, DAAD Germany

  1. I am a Bhutanese and we don’t have any university in Bhutan that has masters degree course.
    I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree from Royal University of Bhutan(RUB) in June 2012 and i contested for National Council (legislative House/House of Review in the Parliament of Kingdom of Bhutan), election held on 23/April/2013 where lose to the incumbent contestant.
    i am interested in promoting Democracy and i want to contribute to my nation in all possible ways. Almost everyone who did not vote for me pointed out that i was less educated (The winning candidate had masters degree).
    I cannot go for studies on my own , even to India, because my parents live in poverty and no alternative has been available as of now.
    Please throw some lights on if i could get a scholarship anywhere around the world.
    I am 27 years old, Male.
    please do write to me at


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