Financial aid and scholarships

Key facts

  • Financial aid and scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition waivers ranging from 10% to 100% of tuition fees 
  • About 50% of Hertie School students receive financial aid or a scholarship
  • Financial aid and 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 are encouraged to apply by the priority deadlines
  • Tuition fees for an open enrollment programme can be used to offset part of the fees for the Executive MPA (Only applies for graded participation; credits can also be transferred)


Master of Public Policy and Master of International Affairs

Both financial aid and scholarships are offered on the basis of financial need and merit. Applicants fill out the financial statement section of the application form in order to state what funds they have available for tuition fees and living expenses. Financial need is determined by subtracting the total amount of funds from the total amount of estimated costs of the study programme (including living expenses).

Applicants who are able to finance the entire cost of the 2-year study programme on their own are not eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Executive Master of Public Administration

Financial aid and scholarships 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.

Two types of financial support

  • Financial aid: Every applicant who demonstrates financial need can apply for financial aid. As we unfortunately cannot offer tuition waivers to all eligible candidates, financial aid is granted among eligible applicants according to our internal ranking. Aid is granted in the form of tuition waivers ranging mostly from 10 to 50% of the tuition fees. Stipend holders of the German Begabtenförderungswerke are guaranteed at least a 25% tuition waiver upon admission to the MPP and MIA programmes.
  • Scholarships: Scholarships are competitive awards targeted towards applicants with specific profiles and are granted according to merit. Financial need is considered insofar as only MPP and MIA applicants who state that that they do not have sufficient funds to pay for both tuition fees and living expenses can be awarded a scholarship. They cover at least 50% of tuition fees.

How to apply

  • Select “yes” as the answer to the question “Are you applying for financial aid and/or a scholarship?” on our online application form
  • Fill out the financial information section
  • The information you provide will be used to confirm your financial need
  • If you are applying for a scholarship, make sure to read the specific requirements outlined on the individual scholarship pages

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.