DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Program Scholarship 2025/26 for Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)

Scholarship in Peace Building
  • Germany, Germany
  • Apply Before : July 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 235924
  • Degree Master
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSPTE AcademicTOEICCEFR
  • Fields of study Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Applications are open for the 2025/26 DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Program Scholarship 2025/26 for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). The Master’s program in Peace and Conflict Studies at Otto-von-Guericke-University (OvGU) Magdeburg is part of the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Foreign Office.

PACS Master’s Program is a globally recognized four-semester English-language program. The program provides in-depth knowledge of conflict research theories and methods, practical skills for conflict management, and insights into the work of international organizations. The students’ diverse backgrounds and close student-teacher relationships create an enriching learning environment. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in international organizations, NGOs, governmental agencies, and academia.

Graduates from developing countries in social sciences, political sciences, law, economics, and public administration are eligible. Candidates must currently live in one of the listed developing countries.

The following programs are also available under the DAAD’s Helmut-Schmidt-Programme:

Key Details and Dates

  • Application Deadline: 15 July 2024
  • Result Announcement Dates: By the end of December 2024
  • Funding Organziation: DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Scholarship
  • Funding Type: Fully Funded
  • Host Institution: Otto-von-Guericke-University (OvGU) Magdeburg
  • Eligible Countries: Graduates from developing countries
  • Eligible Gender: Male/Female
  • Target Group: Graduates with a first university degree in social sciences, political sciences, law, economics, or public administration
  • Field: Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Study Level: Master’s degree (M.A.)
  • Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Program Language: English
  • Host Country: Germany

Benefits and Financial Aids

DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-Program Scholarship provides the following benefits for the selected candidates:

  • A monthly scholarship of approximately 931 Euro
  • Contributions to health insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Study and research subsidy
  • Monthly rent subsidy and allowances for spouses or children (upon application)
  • Six-month German language course from April 2025 to September 2025

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet these requirements:

  • DAAD Scholarship application is to applicants from developing countries in the list below
  • Applicants should provide an academic degree with above-average results
  • English proficiency at C1 level (CEFR):
    • UNIcert III
    • IELTS band of 7.0, 7.5, 8.0
    • Cambridge scores CAE of 180 or more
    • TOEFL iBT: 95-120, PBT: 627-677, CBT: 263-300, ITP Level 1: 627-677
    • TOEIC TOEIC Writing Test (180-200), Listening and Reading (945-990), TOEIC Speaking Test (180-200),
    • Tel C1 certificates
    • Pearson PTE Academic
    • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator certificate.
  • Demonstrate political and social engagement.
  • Have at least three months of international experience (work or study-related)
  • Have a recent university degree (within the past six years)
  • Applicants must not have resided in Germany for over 15 months at the application deadline.
  • Convincing description of personal motivation and benefit to the home country

Eligible Countries

Applicants from these developing countries can apply for the DAAD Scholarship:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Syrian Arab Republic, Algeria, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Eswatini, Ghana, Honduras, India, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tokelau, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, China (People’s Republic of), Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Helena, Nauru, Niue, North Macedonia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank and Gaza Strip

Required Documents

  • DAAD Checklist (hand-signed, dated)
  • DAAD Application Form for Study Scholarships and Research Grants (hand-signed)
  • Application Form for Admission to Studies
  • Letter of motivation (one letter for both study courses applied for)
  • CV in Europass format (hand-signed, dated)
  • Simple copy of passport and residence permit (if applicable)
  • Simple copies of degree certificates and transcripts (later officially certified copies)
  • Recent English language certificate (Level C1)
  • Proof of international experience (work or study experience)
  • Letter of recommendation from a university professor or current employer
  • Certificate of employment (if applicable)
  • Proof of social or political engagement

Note: Please prepare a copy of each application document as a PDF file, as you will need to upload them to the DAAD portal if the committee suggests you for a DAAD scholarship.

Selection Process

Below is the selection process:

  • A selection committee of university professors and DAAD representatives will review the applications in October/November 2024.
  • Selected candidates will receive a call to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.
  • All applicants will receive information about the selection outcome by the end of December 2024.

How to Apply?

  • Prepare and merge all required documents into one single PDF file.
  • Submit your complete application via email to the submission email below
  • Please send the application between 1 June 2024 and 15 July 2024.


Submission Email: pacsapplicationdaad@ovgu.de




If you have questions, contact pacs@ovgu.de or refer to the FAQ document on the DAAD website. You can also visit the official Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) webpage.


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