Last call for this year, Brazil!

Apply for the Executive MPA and the Scholarship for Public Servants in Brazil by 15 June. Plus, hear from a current scholarship recipient.

Good news! For the Executive MPA programme, the Hertie School is still accepting applications for the Scholarship for Public Servants in Brazil until 15 June.

This scholarship covers at least 50% of tuition fees for the Hertie School’s Executive MPA programme and is funded by Repú, a Brazilian foundation dedicated to improving people management in the Brazilian civil service.

Aligned with the most pressing challenges in modern governance, the Executive MPA programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in one of three areas of concentration: Leading Innovation and Managing Change, Digitalisation and Big Data, and Global Governance Challenges. Designed for mid-career professionals, you can pursue the programme full-time in one year or part-time in 2-4 years.

To apply for the Executive MPA, candidates must submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, copies of all academic transcripts and diplomas, two letters of reference and proof of English proficiency.

One important thing to keep in mind: while applications for the Executive MPA close on 15 August, candidates interested in the Repú Scholarship for Public Servants in Brazil should apply by 15 June. To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit, in addition to your standard application for the Executive MPA, a brief summary about your impact working with human resources or team management in the public sector, as well as your career plans in Brazil after finishing the programme, to empa-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org.

My experience as a Repú Scholar at the Hertie School

Besides being a Student Assistant in the Recruitment and Admissions team, I am a first-year student in the Master of Public Policy programme at the Hertie School. I previously worked as a public servant in the Municipality of São Paulo.

Working in the largest local government in South America was a daily challenge. In the Human Rights Department, I experienced first-hand the importance of engaging public servants to deliver effective public policies. As I was working with projects ranging from integration policies for immigrants to developing a municipal recognition programme for diversity in the private sector, I became convinced that public policy needs not only good leadership, but the commitment of a whole community of professionals, from technical to political levels. However, the public sector in Brazil often lacks a solid culture of talent management to provide its workers the necessary tools to enhance their impact while delivering services to the population.

That’s why I decided to pursue the Master of Public Policy at Hertie School, in order to reflect upon my experience as well as to leverage my managerial, leadership and analytical skills for more impactful work in the Brazilian public sector. Fortunately, the Scholarship for Public Servants in Brazil enabled me to come to the Hertie School. Not only has it supported my studies financially, it has also provided me access to a diverse and engaged group of public servants in Brazil through Repú’s networks, which will be crucial to enhance the impact of my work once I am back in Brazil.

After graduating, I intend to continue to contribute to the human rights public policy field in Brazil. I aspire to work for the federal government in the development of social policies related to the promotion and defence of human rights through intersectional and evidence-based approaches. For this endeavour, the managerial and analytical skills I am acquiring at the Hertie School will be paramount.

  • Marina Luna, (MPP 2022) Student Assistant | Recruitment Team

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