Scholarships and external funding

Scholarships and stipends | MPP and MIA

Key facts

  • Scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition waivers ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition fees 
  • About 50% of Hertie School students receive scholarships
  • Scholarships are granted for the entire period of study and are allocated on a rolling basis up until the final application deadlines
  • Applicants who need financial assistance should apply by the priority deadlines 

Special-focus scholarships

How to apply for MPP and MIA scholarships

Select “yes” as the answer to the question “Are you applying for a Hertie School sponsored stipend?” on our online application form and fill out the financial information section. The information you provide will be used to confirm your financial need.

If you receive an offer of admission and successfully demonstrate financial need, you will be considered for a scholarship on the basis of the quality of your application. 

The admissions committee considers the following criteria when distributing scholarships:

  • Personal suitability CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement, contribution to the diversity of the student body.
  • Excellence Strength of academic and/or professional background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification. Professional experience.
  • Motivation Convincing motivation to study public policy, international affairs or public administration, motivation to study at the Hertie School. 

Applicants are informed about scholarship decisions within four weeks after the admission offer.

Scholarships and stipends | Executive MPA

Key facts

  • Executive MPA Scholarships are awarded in the form of full and partial tuition waivers
  • Applicants who need financial assistance should apply by the application deadline of the respective scholarship (details below)
  • Candidates may also consider to register for a Certificate or Executive Seminar (open Executive MPA seminars) to get to know the school and the programme. Credits and tuition fees can be recognised for the Executive MPA.

Special-focus scholarships


Find out more about these scholarships here.

How to apply for Executive MPA scholarships

The admission procedure for all scholarships is strictly "need-blind" and therefore based solely on the quality and coherence of the application. Scholarship applications will only be considered by the selection committee in a second stage, in case the candidate has been admitted to the programme. The scholarship funds will be granted with a view to the quality of the application, the candidate's contribution to the diversity of the student body as well as the financial need of the candidate.

To apply, candidates follow the standard application procedure using our online-application portal and fill out the "financial information" section in our Executive MPA application form. The following information is required:

  • The candidate elaborates on his/her motivation and why he/she considers himself/herself as the right candidate for the scholarship(s) (2000 characters maximum).
  • The candidate provides details on his/her financial situation/need - please note that appropriate proof regarding the stated financial situation can be requested in the event a candidate is offered a tuition waiver (e.g. personal tax report or last three monthly income statements).

In view of the limited number of scholarships, candidates should seek alternative sources (external scholarships or loans) early (Learn more about financing options) and/or consider a modular entry into the Executive MPA programme by way of the Executive Seminars and Certificates.

Funding and stipends | Doctoral Programme in Governance

The Hertie School of Governance does not charge tuition for its doctoral programmes, but seeks to ensure that all admitted candidates have secured the financial means to support the three-year doctoral programme in Berlin:

  • The Hertie School can offer living cost stipends to two doctoral students: 1,200 euros/month (including 100 euros for research and travelling) for a period of up to three years.
  • Applicants can be admitted without a stipend offer, but they need to prove that they have the financial means to support their studies when they start the doctoral programme. These means can come from sources such as third party stipends, paid positions in research or other part-time positions. (Please note that candidates who work full-time cannot be admitted to the programme.)

We therefore ask each candidate to explain their personal circumstances and how they intend to support themselves during the three-year doctoral programme as part of the online application procedure.

Because of the limited number of stipends that we can offer, we strongly recommend that you prepare an application for a third party stipend when you apply to the Doctoral Programme in Governance. (Please note that stipend applications usually need to be submitted 6 months prior to the beginning of the doctoral programme. An offer of admission is often required by the funder.)

External funding

You should also consider external funding options early on. The Student Affairs team offers assistance in finding the right mix of grants, loans, and student jobs: 


If you have further questions regarding external funding possibilities and loans, please contact us at external-funding[at]hertie-school[dot]org.