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Scholarships available to African students for Master’s Degree in Germany. Here’s how to apply

International students who would like to come to Germany for a Master’s degree can apply for the DAAD Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance Programme.


It offers very good graduates from developing countries 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 at German institutions of higher education.

Both young graduates without professional experience and mid-career professionals can apply for scholarships.

The DAAD Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance Programme supports future leaders from Africa, Latin-America, South-Asia, Southeast-Asia and the Middle-East who want to promote democracy and social justice in their home countries.

Click here to see the list of eligible countries.

Participating Programmes in Host Institutions

The scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses at German institutions of higher education listed below:
•  Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: Master of Public Policy (MPP)

•  University of Duisburg-Essen: MA Development and Governance

•  Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt: Master of Public Policy (MPP)

•  Leuphana University of Lüneburg: Public Economics, Law and Politics (PELP)

•  Hochschule Osnabrück: Management in Non-Profit Organisations

•  University of Osnabrück: Master of Democratic Governance and Civil Society

•  University of Passau: Master of Governance and Public Policy

•  University of Potsdam: Master of Public Management (MPM)

The courses have an international orientation and are taught in German and/or English.

Scholarship value/inclusions
DAAD scholarship holders are exempt from tuition fees. 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 and a study and research subsidy as well as rent subsidies and/or allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable.

Criteria for selection
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.

How to apply
Submit your applications for the selected Master courses and for the DAAD scholarship to the respective universities only (not to DAAD).

Fill in the DAAD application form by indicating your desired priority of study courses.

The application period at all eight universities is from 1st June to 31st July 2016. Please note that the deadline is 31st July 2016.

Next course starts in Sept/Oct 2017 in Germany.

You are advised to carefully read the 2017 Announcement. Click here to read the announcement.

Click here to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.