Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master's Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance) 2017

The master's programme Public Economics, Law and Politics at Leuphana Graduate School was selected to be a continuous partner institution for the scholarship program 'Public Policy and Good Governance' (PPGG) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The Programme

The 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 program offers outstanding 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 in their home country 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 program, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions. 

The scholarship holders will study in groups and be offered special tutoring at their host institutions.

For more information about the scholarship program, please visit the DAAD website
For more information about the Master's Programme 'Public Economics, Law and Politics', please visit this website

The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East (see list of countries in the Download-Section). Furthermore, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (BA) or its international equivalent.

For detailed information please read the PPGG-announcement of the DAAD (see announcement in the Download-Section)

Application period: June 1 to July 31

After finishing the questionnaire, application documents have to be submitted in German or English via e-mail to: ppgg@leuphana.de  

Please send in one single pdf-file and name it "your country_last name_first name.pdf". Within the pdf-file you should follow the given order:

1. DAAD scholarship application form
2. Letter of Motivation containing your motivation and personal suitability for the PELP program at Leuphana University Lüneburg (not more than two pages)
3. An updated CV
4. Copies of university diplomas (Certificate, Transcript of Records)
5. Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers
6. Recent language certificates
7. Copy of school leaving certificate/High School diploma which entitles holders to study at a university in their home country

All documents that are not originally in the English or German language have to be handed in with an official translation (the German embassy in your country offers a list of official translators).

Reminder: Applicants for the DAAD-PPGG program choose up to 2 universities in Germany and apply directly to their universities of choice. Local DAAD offices do NOT accept applications for the PPGG program.

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