The programme supports future leaders from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, and countries in the Middle East and from Ukraine who strive to promote democracy and social justice.
Scholarship recipients in the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme receive a full scholarship, including a tuition waiver.
Applicants for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme choose up to two universities in Germany and apply directly to their universities of choice. Please note that local DAAD offices do not accept applications for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme.
Eligibility and Criteria
- The formal admission requirements for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme at the Hertie School are the following:
- The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East (see list of countries). The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is also open to candidates from Ukraine.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (BA) or its international equivalent. The last completed degree must not be more than 6 years old.
- Applicants cannot be considered if they have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline.
- Prior to the study programmes, all scholarship holders will receive a 5-month-German language course from April to September 2020. The language course is compulsory for all Helmut-Schmidt-programme scholarship recipients and applicants thus need to be able to travel to Germany in April 2020.
- Unless you are a native speaker or have completed your entire first degree at an English-language university, an official English test is needed for your application.
Awards and Benefits
- The main DAAD criteria for selection are the following:
- The study results so far.
- Knowledge of English (and German).
- Political and social engagement.
- A convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit when returning to the home country.
- The committee selecting the candidates at the end of 2019 consists of professors responsible for the MPP programme and of representatives from DAAD.
- All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process –approximately by the end of December 2019.
How To Apply
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