Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance) 2018

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance) 2018

What are the objectives of the PPGG scholarship 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. Very good graduates with a first university degree get the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance to the social, political and economic development of their home country. The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany should enable the scholarship holders to later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social differences. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should qualify the scholarship holders to become partners in the political and economic co-operation 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. As one of only eight institutions of higher learning in Germany, the University of Passau has been a proud member of the PPGG network since 2010.

Who can apply?

Apart from an at least upper second level bachelor degree, there are certain other formal prerequisites for applying successfully. Scholarships can only be granted to applicants from selected countries. Moreover, graduates that have been living in Germany for more than 15 months prior to application and applicants who graduated from their home university more than six years ago, are normally not eligible for a PPGG scholarship. Exceptions can only be made under very strict circumstances. Previous working experiences in the field of public administration, civil society etc. definitely increase your chances to be awarded a scholarship!

In case your application is successful, you will be enrolled as a regular student of our two-year master programme "Governance and Public Policy" at the University of Passau!

How to apply?

Details on the various stages of the application process

Applying might seem simple at first glance, but apart from just filling out the core application form provided by DAAD, you have to pay attention to your application file to be complete and valid.

IMPORTANT: You can apply with up to two out of the eight institutions of higher learning within the PPGG network. If you decide to do so, you need to submit your application with each institution separately, regardless whether it is your first or second choice. Application procedures may vary between the institutions, so prepare your application package carefully and according to the respective formal standards of the universities of your choice!

The application period at the University of Passau for the 2018/2019 academic session starts on 1 June 2017 and ends on 31 July 2017. Please refrain from handing in applications before or after that period.

You have to hand in the following documents:

  • DAAD application form (filled in electronically and not written by hand),
  • a letter of motivation containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for choosing this scholarship programme and the University of Passau,
  • complete CV including information about the applicant’s precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience,
  • electronic copies of university diplomas on officially headed paper (an explanation of the grading system has to be attached),
  • electronic copies of your transcript(s) of records on officially headed paper,
  • electronic copies of the school leaving certificate/High School diploma which entitles holders to study at a university in their home country
  • electronic copies of a language certificate, testifying your English language skills equivalent to at least B2 level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For more information about the certificates within the CEFR please visit the website of our Language Centre. In case the general medium of instruction at your previous university was English it is sufficient to attach a confirmation of your university on officially headed paper. If available, please also add a certificate of your German language skills on officially headed paper,
  • electronic copies of two letters of reference issued either by former university teachers or former employers on officially headed paper (the letters have to be part of your application package and must not be sent separately).

Documents that are not originally in the English or German language have to be handed in with an official English translation. Please merge all documents (DAAD application form, scans of documents etc.) exactly in the order as shown above into one (!) coherent PDF document and mail the file to  applications.ppggatuni-passau.de. Please name your file according to the following pattern: “Last Name, First Name_PPGG_2018_Passau”.

Please note, because of the vast number of applications we receive each year, only complete and formally correct applications that reach us within the given time frame will be considered for a scholarship. For the same reason, it may take up to one week until you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. During this period please do not contact us to enquire about the processing of your application.

We also have to dutifully point out the fact that any kind of forgery within your application, e. g. forged diplomas, applying for more than two PPGG universities in Germany at the same time etc., will lead to an immediate expulsion from the application process.

After careful evaluation of your application by our staff, a joint committee of DAAD representatives and members of the Passau PPGG team will meet in late autumn/early winter 2017 to pick the scholarship holders for the winter 2018/2019 academic session. You will be notified about the result of your application by mid-December 2017.

From 1 April 2018 onwards, you will attend a six-months language intensive course in Germany before commencing your studies at the University of Passau in October 2018. In addition to that, we will organise a welcome event for the new PPGG cohort in summer 2018.

Who is part of the administrative PPGG team at the University of Passau?

The PPGG programme in general is under the supervision of the German Academic Exchange Service in Bonn, Germany (www.daad.de/ppgg). The host institution of the PPGG programme at the University of Passau is the Chair of Political Science, held by Prof. Dr Winand Gellner and head of the Passau PPGG programme. Other team members are Mr Thomas Eibl (programme coordinator) and Mr Maximilian Lindner (programme assistant). Moreover, the Passau PPGG team is completed by assistant lecturers and supportive staff, e. g. at the Examination Office and the International Office of our university.

Where do I find more information?

If there are more programme-related questions, for example on the financial aspects of your scholarship, please visit www.daad.de/ppgg  where you can also find the full text of the scholarship announcement for the 2018/2019 academic session. For any inquiries regarding studying in Passau as a prospective scholarship holder, you are free to get in touch with the PPGG host institution at the University of Passau, the Chair of Political Science, by mail: information.ppggatuni-passau.de.

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Professor Winand Gellner (Head of Programme)

Mr Thomas Eibl (Programme Coordinator)

Mr Maximilian Lindner (Programme Assistant)


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