Funding your studies: By the numbers

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We expect to award 90 partial scholarships covering 50% of tuition fees in 2024.

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We expect to award 25 full scholarships in 2024.

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We expect to award a total of 2.5 million euros in full and partial scholarships in 2024.

Funding your studies

Our mission is to educate the next generation of government, business and civil society leaders. We recognise that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant financial commitment for most students, and we strive to offer various support options to create an inclusive learning environment that prioritises merit over ability to pay.


Student voices

“The Data for Good Scholarship enabled me to pursue my studies and to connect with passionate and like-minded people with similar interests that come from various backgrounds.”

Luca Verona Vellage – Data for Good Scholarship, MDS 2025

“The Data for Good Scholarship enabled me to pursue my research interests wholeheartedly and enhanced my motivation. It waived off my financial load and allowed me to focus on my studies and how through the lens of data you can make society a better place.”

Nima Thing – Data for Good Scholarship, MDS 2025

“The International Law and Human Rights Scholarship provided me the opportunity to study at Hertie. During my studies I discovered my passion for digitalisation and with the skills I gained I was able to pursue this career path.”

Nino Kvaratskheliia – International Law and Human Rights Scholarship, MIA 2023

“The International Law and Human Rights Scholarship was the perfect opportunity for me to gain the exposure to the international field of human rights, so that I could take back to Pakistan the best practices.”

Jawahar Fatiema – International Law and Human Rights Scholarship, MIA 2025

“The Data for Good Scholarship has enabled me to go into my passion of coding and pursue projects related to sustainability.”

Elena Dreyer – Data for Good Scholarship, MDS 2025

“The Digital Governance Scholarship gave me the pathway to come to the Hertie School and feel confident about building a future in the public policy field (without concern for finances as an international student).”

Christine Cepelak –Digital Governance Scholarship, MPP 2024

“The MPP programme will equip me with the skills and the network to enter the field of climate justice. Without the German Foundations Scholarship, I would not have been able to study at the Hertie School.”

Juna Ahmia – German Foundations Scholarship, MPP 2025

FAQs

Internal funding

What types of funding are offered to students by the Hertie School?

Full scholarships: These are competitive awards that cover 100% of the tuition fees. Eligibility for full scholarships is assessed based on an applicant’s profile, as well as their demonstrated interest in the scholarship-relevant topic. An essay is generally required to apply for one of Hertie’s full scholarships.  

Partial scholarships: These are reduction to the tuition fees that range from 10% to 50%. All applicants with demonstrated financial need can apply for Hertie School partial scholarships. 

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Who is eligible for partial scholarships and how are they allocated?

All candidates with demonstrated financial need who apply by 1 May are eligible for partial scholarships.

Partial scholarships are allocated on the basis of need and merit within the pool of admitted students. The Admissions Committee ranks all MPP and MIA applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Personal suitability (CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement) [weight: 40%]
  • Academic excellence (strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification) [weight: 40%]
  • Motivation (convincing motivation to study public policy or international affairs, motivation to study at the Hertie School, overall coherence) [weight: 20%]

The Admissions Committee ranks all MDS applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence (Strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification) [weight: 40%]
  • Quantitative and technical ability (Understanding of statistics, mathematics and/or programming, as proven through a relevant degree, coursework or extracurricular activities (e.g. competitions in programming, hackathons, personal data-related projects and research) [weight: 30%]
  • Personal suitability and motivation (CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement) [weight: 30%]

These rankings are the basis for the allocation of partial scholarships for students with financial need. We define financial need as the applicant's capacity to finance their living expenses and tuition from their own resources.

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What are the deadlines for the scholarships offered by the Hertie School?

Deadlines for the full scholarships vary depending on the specific scholarship. You can find all deadlines and application requirements in each of the full scholarship’s page.

Partial scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. If you need financial assistance, we encourage you to apply for partial scholarships by the priority deadlines (MPP/MIA/MDS: 1 February, Executive MPA: 1 June).

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Do I have to be admitted before applying for scholarships?

No. You can apply for Hertie School full and partial scholarships while submitting your application. To actually receive funds, however, you must be admitted and enrolled at the university.

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When will I know if I got the full or partial scholarship?

After admission, it takes on average two to four weeks for the committee to decide whether you are eligible for partial scholarships (depending on when you have applied, see table below), and you will be notified via email.

Application submitted

Partial scholarship decision communicated

Decision deadline

October to December

December

Mid-February

December to 1 February

March

Mid-April

February to April

April

Mid-May

April to 1 May

May

Mid-June

 
The decision on full scholarship depends on the scholarship’s specific deadline.

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Is it possible to apply for both the full and the partial scholarship at the Hertie School?

Yes. It is possible to apply to both options. However, it is not possible to apply to two full scholarships.

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I have received a scholarship by the Hertie School but the amount of funds granted to me is not sufficient. Is there anything I can do?

In special cases, you have the option to appeal your partial scholarship results. While every application has been thoroughly evaluated and given careful consideration, if you find that our offer does not enable you to join the Hertie School, you may appeal for reconsideration of the scholarship decision. To do so, please submit a written request via e-mail to the Admissions Team at grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org providing the following information: 

  1. Your reasons for requesting this appeal, and 
  1. A detailed financial plan to fund your studies, including funds you have secured and any external funding opportunities you are applying for (and their respective notification dates). In this section you may also provide us with information concerning any personal or financial circumstances impacting your ability to pay your tuition (family medical bills, caring for a sibling, etc.). 

Please keep in mind that you may only appeal once per application cycle. 

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External funding

Does the Hertie school offer country-specific scholarships?

The Hertie School cooperates with some external funding organisations in some countries. You can find more information in our external funding page.  

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Are there student loan schemes that the Hertie School can offer?

No. However, we cooperate with student funds organisations such as Deutsche Bildung, Brain Capital or Lendorse. Please get in touch with those organisations directly if it is something you’d be interested in. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the structure of these initiatives and consider the clauses in the contract carefully to determine the funding option that will suit you best.

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Are there other funding options for students?

There is a wide range of outside funding sources available for students applying to master’s programmes. Funding options might include governmental offices, foundations, organisations, or banks. You can find more information about external funding here.

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Who do I get in touch with to find external funding options?

Upon admission, you can contact the Student Funding Office to get a personalised list of scholarships based on your country of origin and German language skills. The Student Funding Office also provides additional resources such as links to search engines and contacts of partner organisations.

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When should I start applying for external funding?

It makes sense to start your application process once you receive the letter of admission. Make sure to look for funding options as early as possible because deadlines vary significantly.

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Is German language proficiency a requirement?

It depends. While many scholarships offered in Germany require you to present a certificate of some level of German language proficiency (usually B2-C1) there are plenty external funding opportunities that do not.

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What is Deutschlandstipendium and how do I apply?

The Deutschlandstipendium is advertised by the Ministry of Education and Research and aims to support students studying in Germany with a monthly amount of 300 euros for 12 months. To apply, you must submit your online request on MyStudies along with your CV, the transcript of your most recent academic qualification (either bachelor’s or master’s degree) and an explanatory statement.

Please keep in mind that to be eligible for the Deutschlandstipendium you cannot receive any further financial aid. You can learn more about it here.

If you have specific questions reach out directly to Student Life at studentlife[at]hertie-school[dot]org

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General questions

Is there a search tool to help me find sources of funding?

Yes. You can access our online Funding Navigator here.

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Can I combine Hertie School full or partial scholarship and external funding?

Yes. It is possible to receive a scholarship from the Hertie School and cover the rest of your tuition fees and living expenses with scholarships and loans outside of the Hertie School. In fact, this is how most of our students finance their studies.

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Am I allowed to work as a student?

Keep in mind that with a student residence permit you are allowed to work up to 20 hours/week during term time, and 40 hours/ week during the holiday breaks. You can easily find student job listings on sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed and company-specific pages. The Hertie School also regularly posts vacancies for internal student positions in academic and administrative departments. For more information about student jobs in Berlin, you can visit the page of Studierendenwerk.  

Please note that some organisations require that a scholarship receiver should prioritise their studies and only work a specific number of hours, usually 10 hours per week.

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What is the cost of living in Berlin?

Depending on your specific circumstances the average cost of living can vary. As a reference, the necessary amount to open a blocked bank account (often required for obtaining a German visa and/or residence permit) is 11,208 euros for annual expenses (equivalent to 934 euros per month).

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Is it possible to defer my admission offer?

If you have not managed to secure sufficient funds or are experiencing personal hurdles that prevent you from beginning your studies during your intended start year, it is possible to defer your admission and save your spot at the Hertie School for the subsequent year. To do so, please get in touch with grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org to express your interest in deferring until next academic year.

Please keep in mind that your scholarship allocation cannot be deferred. If you wish to be considered for Hertie School scholarships in the subsequent year, you will need to re-submit your Declaration of Finances. The allotted scholarship may differ from the previous year.

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Do I have to secure 100% of the tuition fees before the start of my studies?

Yes and no. While some of our students are not able to cover the full cost of the study programme before their first semester, we highly advise you to have a solid funding plan before the start of your studies.

It is generally sufficient to secure the funds for the 1st study year and come up with a financial plan for the 2nd year upon arrival in Berlin. We support our second year students in their search for funding sources and are more than happy to provide them with suitable funding options at our disposal.

That being said, we strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with the German student visa requirements for your country of origin as, in some cases, securing 100% of the tuition fees might be necessary to get it approved.

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