Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (DAAD)

The Willy Brandt School is a partner in the DAAD's Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance). Helmut-Schmidt scholarships include stipends for living costs and a tuition waiver from the Brandt School.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The current call for applications and a list of eligible countries can be found on the DAAD's Helmut-Schmidt-Programme website.

Please note that all applications for a Helmut-Schmidt DAAD scholarship have to be submitted directly to us via our online application portal within the period described below, paper-based applications will not be accepted.
No additional application to the DAAD is required.

Dates and deadlines

The deadline for applications for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for intake 2020-2022 has already passed.

Applications for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for student intake in October 2021 will be open from June 1st until July 31st, 2020.

Once applications are open, a link will be available on our website for you to submit your online application. Only complete applications are accepted.

If your online application is shortlisted, you will be notified in late October. Shortlisted candidates must submit certified hard copies of all application documents to the Brandt School by mid-November. Final decisions regarding scholarship awards are made in December. Representatives of both the DAAD and the Brandt School are responsible for the final admission decision to the scholarship program. Please understand that the Brandt School cannot inform you about the status of your application during the selection procedure.

All Helmut-Schmidt scholars will be invited to attend an additional German language course of generally six months starting in April of the respective year in order to acquire basic knowledge of the everyday language in Germany. If you are already proficient in German, exceptions may be possible. Please note that German proficiency is not a requirement for the MPP at the Brandt School, as classes are taught entirely in English.


The Helmut Schmidt Programme application period from June 1st to July 31, 2020, applies to the Brandt School's student intake 2021.

Application Requirements

Main DAAD selection criteria are:

  • your study results so far

  • language skills

  • political and social engagement

  • a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for your studies in Germany

  • expected benefit when returning to the home country

Your most recent university degree should have been obtained within the six years prior to the application for the scholarship. Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not eligible.

Below you will find an overview of all documents that should be included in your online application for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme at the Brandt School.

Application checklist

The following documents are required for an application:

All Helmut-Schmidt scholarship applicants who wish to study the MPP at the Brandt School must fulfill these requirements. Please read more detailed information regarding requirements and application documents for the student intake 2020 carefully.

For all questions related to the admission process, you may contact Mr. Florian Heintze via admissions-mpp[at]