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Scholarships offer highly qualified candidates financial and non-material support for their studies. A variety of scholarship opportunities exist for (future) Brandt School students. This scholarship page gives an overview of scholarships that are available to MPP candidates.

The DAAD's Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

The Haniel Stipend Program provides financial support for applicants from Europe, Central Asia, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Detailed information about these two programs and how to apply for them can be found below.

We have also listed scholarship opportunties offered by other institutions, such as governments or foundations. This overview is by no means comprehensive, and MPP candidates are encouraged to research different scholarship and financing opportunities available to them.


The Willy Brandt School is a partner in the DAAD's Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (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. The current call for applications and a list of eligible countries can be found on the DAAD's Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 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 2021-2023 has already passed.

Applications for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for student intake in October 2022 will be open from June 1st until July 31st, 2021.

You can submit your application using our online application platform. 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, 2021, applies to the Brandt School's student intake 2022.

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 resided in a country that is not included in the DAC list of developing and emerging countries for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not eligible.

Below you will find an overview of all documents that should be included in your online application for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme at the Brandt School.

Application Checklist

The following documents are required for an application:

DAAD Application Form

The DAAD Application form should be hand-signed and then uploaded to your online application. Only signed forms are valid.

Hints for filling in the DAAD form:

  • cover page: please check "Other programmes" on the first page and specify "Helmut-Schmidt-Programme"
  • page 2, no. 10: Study/research projects in Germany: you are free to either leave this section in blank or to write a short summary of your study focus

Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to send send a CV (maximum length: two pages) with their application. The CV or resume should elaborate on your academic and professional life so far and also highlight your political and social commitment and your interests. The CV should be hand-signed and dated and then uploaded.

Statement of Purpose

Please submit a personal statement of purpose, hand-signed and dated and then uploaded to your online application. The letter should not exceed two pages. If you have selected only one of the possible study programs /universities, please elaborate on this choice. If you have selected two options, please discuss your academic/professional reasons behind your selection for both study programs/universities.

Diplomas, Degree Certificates and Transcripts

Applicants must submit scans or files of the following diplomas, documents, certificates, and transcripts for the online application:

  • Secondary Education Certificate (Abitur, High School Diploma, etc.)
  • University degree(s) certificate(s)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, professional schools, and universities (please also add a description of the grading system)

All documents not issued in German or English must be accompanied by certified German or English translations.


Scans/files of all of these documents are sufficient for the online application.

If your application makes it to the shortlist, you will get notified and you will be asked to send us true certified hard copies of your documents via postal mail to:

Universitaet Erfurt
Willy Brandt School
Nordhaeuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Note: Simple (i.e., non-certified) hard copies of diplomas and certificates cannot be accepted. A certified true copy is a copy (often a photcopy) of a primary document that has on it an endorsement, a stamp or a certificate which serves as proof for this document being a true copy of the primary document. Certified true copies can be obtained from German Embassies/Consulates or other official authorities in your country of residence, e.g. public notaries or the universities/schools in question.  

Please send neither the original documents nor simple copies without certification. 

Please do not sent true certified hard copies before you are asked to do so as we will not be able to return documents.

Proof of First Professional Experience

All applicants have to submit proof of at least one year of work experience. It should be ideally in a field related to public policy. We also take into account voluntary work and internships.

We require the following information about your work experience:

  • Name of the company or organisation
  • Position held
  • Duration: When did you work / since when are you working for the employer (start and end date)
  • Type of Employment: Full time / part time, hours per week, paid / voluntary
  • Job Specifications: Field of expertise, area of work, key duties, etc.

We will accept a formal letter from your employer containing this information. Your employer can also fill out our Proof of Professional Work Experience Form.Alternatively, you can provide us with an existing reference letter from your employer or a copy of your work contract. We do not require a comprehensive employer referral; we only require proof of the above-mentioned details to be able to properly evaluate your work experience.

If you choose to provide a letter or reference from your employer, please note that it must be dated, bear an original signature and should be written on official letterhead.

If your one year of work experience was not completed within one company or organization (for example two six-month internships), please provide proof for all experiences, totaling one year. If you have more than one year of relevant work experience (for example two years at one company and three years at another), you do not have to provide proof for every job you have had. Other work experience may be listed in your CV and in your application, however, proof is only required for one year.

Please note that you must provide the letter or contract with your online application. It cannot be provided later. The documents you provide must be written in English or German. If your documents are not in English or German, you must provide a sworn translation.

Letter of Recommendation

All applications must be accompanied by one letter of recommendation, signed and recently dated by your university professor or current employer, supplemented by an official letterhead and stamp. Referees can also use the Brandt School's recommendation form here.

Letters of recommendation must be written in English or German.

There are two ways of providing the reference letters:

  1. The applicant provides the referees' name, institution and official (institutional) e-mail-addresses within the online application. Then, at the moment of your application's submission, the referee will receive an automatic e-mail providing him/her with an direct upload link to the application. The reference letter can be scanned and then uploaded.
  2. The referee can either send the letter directly to the Brandt School (not to the DAAD!) or hand the letter inside a sealed envelope to the applicant who can send us the envelope within a second envelope via postal mail. Our address:

Universitaet Erfurt
Willy Brandt School
Nordhaeuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Please note that, either way, reference letters should have arrived within 2 weeks after the application deadline (i.e. August 15, 2020)

Proof of English Proficiency

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 of 90 points
  • IELTS Academic Test: minimum of 6.5 points overall 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 with regard to the worldwide Covid19-pandemic
As the usual, center-based tests appointments for both the TOEFL and the IELTS test are currently unavailable in many countries due to the ongoing pandemic, the Brandt School will - until further notice - also accept the online versions of these two tests, which allow you to do the test online from home and to book appointments on rather short notice.
Please inform yourself well on the respective website on the fees, the necessary hardware (headphones, camera, computer, etc.) and other prerequisites.

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

IELTS Indicator

The same minimum pointage thresholds as in the traditional tests apply (see above). 


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.They don't have to provide an English test result. On the other hand, please note that an excellent test-result will always contribute to your application's excellence. 

Copy of Your Passport

Applicants are required to upload a scan their passport. Please send copies of the page conatining your photo, your name, date and place of birth.

Haniel Stipend Program

The Haniel Foundation provides financial support for excellent applicants to the MPP program at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. Up to five Stipends per year can be awarded. One of the Stipends per year is co-financed by the Klaus-Tschira-Foundation.

The Haniel Foundation is an educational foundation following the Leitmotiv of the value-oriented entrepreneur. The foundation focusses on creating education opportunities, facilitating integration and supporting future leaders.

Who is eligible for a Haniel Stipend?

Haniel Stipends are awarded to applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise. Applicants should identify themselves strongly with the ideals and the mission of the Haniel Foundation and show how their own personal path intertwines with the foundation's credo.

Applicants from the following countries are eligible for funding:

Europe and Central Asia: all EU-28-countries and EFTA-countries, Albania, Armenia,  Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Northern America: Canada, USA

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

What does the Haniel Stipend cover?

Haniel Stipends cover the costs of the tuition fees at the Brandt School for the two-year study period, i.e. EUR 6,400, paid in four installments of EUR 1,600.

How do I apply?

If you want to be considered for a Haniel Stipend, please submit your completed MPP online application no later than May 31 (also valid for applicants with EU citizenship). 

Indicate on your online application that you want to apply for a Haniel Stipend and tell us about your reasons and qualifications in your statement of purpose.

In case of admission to our program, you will receive an additional application form for the Haniel Stipend which should be sent back to us via e-mail within two weeks after receipt.

Haniel Stipends will be granted on a competitive basis. The Admissions Committee will discuss all applications and will take into account various factors including academic record, strength of the written statement, and personal commitment, as well as your points of contact with the Haniel Foundation's credo. 

We will inform applicants by the end of July if they have been selected to receive a Haniel Stipend.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The list belows gives an overview of scholarships offered by a variety of institutions. These scholarships are seperate from your application to the MPP. The application deadlines and requirements vary, so be sure to inform yourself about which scholarships fit to you and your profile well in advance.


The German national scholarship is the Deutschlandstipendium ('Germany scholarship'). The scholarship is open to German nationals, as well as to foreign applicants who are going to start their studies in Germany and already have a final admission for a German university. 

The Deutschlandstipendium provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. Modelled after the principle of public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of 150 euros per month. The Federal Government matches this amount with another 150 euros.

The Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded without consideration of personal or parent income and one’s nationality is not material to award either. The scholarship funds do not count towards grants awarded under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). There are no social insurance contributions payable.

Funding is normally granted for at least two semesters but may be provided for a maximum time which covers the standard period of study. At intervals of two semesters the university reviews whether the scholarship holder still meets the award criteria and whether private funding will continue to be available.

More information regarding the Deutschlandstipendium can be found on the university's website, in the flyer provided by the BMFB and on their website.

How to Apply

The Deutschlandstipendium is awarded by the universities. Applicants must meet the requirements of the individual institutions. In addition to academic achievement, the criteria for selecting scholarship recipients include social commitment and personal achievements, such as a student overcoming challenges or obstacles in his or her social or family background.

The application period for the Deutschlandstipendium is from June 28 to August 8, 2021 (prospectively). To apply, applicants must fill out the online application form and upload a letter of motivation detailing why they should receive the scholarship, an overview of their grades, as well as a current CV.

Applications are open to those already enrolled at a German university, as well as those who will begin their studies in the Wintersemester 2021/2022. The committee generally announces the results in October.

If you have any questions regarding your application for the Deutschlandstipendium, please contact the university: deutschlandstipendium(at)

Local Governmental Scholarships

The governments of some countries provide scholarships to their citizens for graduate study programs.

One example is Kazakhstan. Kazakh citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 with a GPA of 4.5 or higher and a score of 90 points or higher on their National University Test are eligible to apply for the so-called "Bolashak" study abroad scholarship. 

Please check to see if the government of your home country might provide such opportunities as well.

Other Scholarship Offering Institutions

Scholarship Offering Institutions

You may apply for scholarships offered by outside institutions. Please be aware that these institutions have their own application deadlines and procedures. In many cases, up to ten months or even more may pass between your first contact with a scholarship-awarding institution and a final decision on your application. Thus, if you depend on such support, please start the application process as soon as possible. Parallel to that you should be applying for admission to our program. Ideally, you should start preparing both as early as November if you wish to begin your studies in October the next year.

The following list is by no means exhaustive but rather is meant to give you an initial idea of what types of institutions may provide scholarships.

Scholarships awarded to German citizens and to residents who have received their secondary education in Germany ("Bildungsinländer") and foreign students eligible for BAföG according to §8 Section 1-3 BAföG:

Scholarships awarded to EU nationals not educated in Germany:

Scholarships awarded to prospective students from abroad (all nationalities):

Scholarships awarded to non-EU nationals:

We have prepared a comprehensive overview of relevant scholarship information to help you decide which scholarship may be right for you. You will also find information regarding application deadlines and requirements.

Download Scholarship Information Overview (PDF)