Master Master Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)

at DAAD in Germany

What are the objectives of the programme?
This programme 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 programme 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. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

Who can apply?
The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East (see list of countries)

Target group
Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who 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.

What is fundable?

The scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses at German institutions of higher education. The successful candidates will study from September/October 2015 on at one of the selected Master courses listed below. The courses have an international orientation and are taught in German and/or English.

Before taking up their Master studies all scholarship holders will be placed on German courses for 6 months in April to September 2015. The language courses take place at selected institutes in Germany and not at the universities. The German course is compulsory also for those who will attend a Master course taught in English. The scholarship holders will study in groups and be offered a special DAAD-financed tutoring at their host institutions. Furthermore, there is the possibility of networking events for participants in different courses and their attendance at tailor-made summer schools.

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 allowances for spouses and/or children. DAAD- scholarship holders are exempt from tuition fees.


The main DAAD criteria for selection are: the study results, 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 after the return to the home country.
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.


Please submit your applications for the Master courses and for the DAAD scholarship solely to the Master courses you have selected at the respective university (not to DAAD). Please check the deadlines on the homepages of the elected Master courses. You are allowed to submit your application to up to three Master courses listed below. Please fill in the DAAD application form by indicating your desired priority of study courses. Keep this priority throughout the entire application process! DAAD cannot consider incomplete applications. If you fail to follow the given procedures, you will be excluded from the application process. The necessary documents are:

  1. DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships;
  2. Motivation letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic I professional and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme;
  3. Full Curriculum Vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience;
  4. Copies of all certificates;
  5. Recent language certificates;
  6. Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers.

Applications have to be submitted in German or English. The selection committee consists of professors from the study programmes and DAAD representatives. All applicants are going to be informed after the selection process mid of December 2014.

Contact and advice

For more information, contact the persons in charge listed below at the respective university or the DAAD Section 442 – Afghanistan, Pakistan, transregional programmes Good Governance at public-

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