DAAD Master Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance in Germany, 2014

"DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programs"

"DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programs"This program 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 program 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.

Study Subject & Level:

Scholarship is provided in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of applicant’s home country.

Scholarships are for Master courses at a German institution of higher education. Before taking up 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.


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

Scholarship Open for:

  • The students of Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, daad_logo Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
  • Latin America( Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela)
  • South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Southeast Asia(Brunei, Cambodia East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Middle East( Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) can apply for this DAAD International scholarship.

Scholarship Duration:

The scholarships are for two-year Master courses (in some cases one-year courses) at a range of eight carefully selected PPGG courses at prestigious German institutions of Higher Education. The majority of these courses are taught in English or partly in English.

Scholarship Value:

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 program 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 listed below. 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.

Selection Criteria:

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.


Successful candidates will be informed in December 2013 or at the latest in January 2014.

How to Apply?

Please hand in your application papers in duplicate (one original set and one copy) and indicate, that you are applying for the PPGG Program! 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 program;
  • 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.
  • Applications have to be made for one of the Master courses 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 program.


Application Form:

Application Deadline: 31st July 2014.

For further information: DAAD scholarship programs

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