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. Further information on the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme and a list of eligible countries can be found on the DAAD 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 2019-2021 has already passed.

Applications for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for intake in 2020-2022 will be open from June 1st until July 31st, 2019

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 need to attend an additional German language course of generally six months starting in April of the respective year. If you are already proficient in German, exceptions may be possible.

Application Requirements

The documents that should be included in your application for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme at the Brandt School are:

  • DAAD Application form (This form should be signed, scanned and uploaded with your application. Only signed forms are valid.)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume (No specific format is required.) 
  • Statement of Purpose (max. 2 pages)
  • Secondary School/High School diploma
  • Certified copies of all university degrees, diplomas, certificates, and transcripts (Please note that you must earn your first university degree until July 31st 2019 the latest to be eligible for this scholarship)
  • 2 Letters of recommendation. Please indicate your referees' names and institutional e-mail addresses on your online application for. Then they will receive an automatic e-mail with a link where they ought to upload the letters. They should either use an official letterhead or our form. Your referees may also choose to submit the letter on their own letterhead  directly via postal mail. 
  • Copy of your passport
  • Proof of English proficiency (Test scores must not be older than two years at the time of application. We accept the following scores: TOEFL Paper test: 577 or above, Computer test: 233 or above, Internet test: 90 or above; IELTS 6.5 or above (for all categories - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: A or B). 
    The deadline for submission of your English proficiency certificates can be extended to a maximum of 30 days after the regular deadline. In order to be able to take advantage of the extended deadline, please submit the document emitted by the test center with proof that your results will be available until then.

    Important note: Candidates who received their degree from an English-language college or university are not required to submit proof of their English language proficiency in the form of a test score report. Instead, they must submit an official letter from their university stating that English was the language of instruction, all coursework, and all examinations.


All Helmut-Schmidt scholarship applicants who wish to study the MPP at the Brandt School must fulfill the MPP's general application requirements. Please read through these requirements carefully. 

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