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 student intake in 2020 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 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, 2019, applies to the Brandt School's student intake 2020:

  • The admission requirements and application process is different to the one for the 2019 student intake. Please find more information here.
  • The MPP curriculum for the student intake 2020 and onwards is different to the one for the student intake 2019. Please find more information here

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.

The documents that should be included in your online 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 but it should be hand-signed and dated before being scanned and uploaded) 
  • Statement of Purpose: hand-signed and dated motivation letter (one single letter for both universities) containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic/professional and personal reasons for choosing the two MA-programmes and universities (two pages maximum)
  • Secondary School/High School diploma (+ translations into either English or German, in case the documents are issued in another language)
  • Certified copies of all university degrees, diplomas, certificates, and transcripts + translations into either English or German, in case the documents are issued in another language (Please note that you must earn your first university degree until July 31st 2019 the latest to be eligible for this scholarship)
  • 1 Letter of recommendation. Please provide your referee's name and institutional e-mail address in your online application. Then he/she will receive an automatic e-mail at the moment of your application's submission, containing an upload link for the letter. The referee should either use an official letterhead or our form. Your referee may also choose to submit the letter directly via postal mail or to give it to you in a sealed envelope so you can send the letter to us.  
  • 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 Internet, minimum 90 points, IELTS Academic Test – minimum 6.5 in total and in all sub-categories, one of the following language certificates: Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). 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, only need to present an official document or letter issued by the university stating that English has been the medium of instruction.

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]