Financial aid and scholarships

Two types of financial support

Studying at the Hertie School should not be a matter of  wealth. We want to attract the best students from around the world, regardless of their own financial background. To achieve this goal, we provide financial support to students in the forms of scholarships as well as financial aid.

  • About 50% of Hertie School students receive financial aid or a scholarship.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition waivers ranging from 10% to 100% of tuition fees.
  • 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 external funding options.


Scholarships are competitive awards based on academic excellence, personal suitability, motivation and financial need. They are targeted towards applicants with specific profiles. Financial need is considered insofar as only 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. 

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 Begabtenf?rderungswerke are guaranteed at least a 25% tuition waiver upon admission to the MPP, MIA and MDS programmes as part of the Hertie School Fellowship.

“The Future of Europe Scholarship enabled me to further pursue my interest in European affairs. Had it not been for the scholarship, I would not have been able to study at the Hertie School.”

Toma Pavlov (Bulgaria), MPP 2019

“Thanks to the Future of Europe Scholarship, I am able to deepen my understanding and to develop the mindset and skills necessary for making meaningful impact on a European and global level.”

Kristina Hatas (Sweden), MIA 2020

“The scholarship from the Hertie School helps me to expand my intellectual boundaries and enables me to further develop my skills as an advocate for students from socially disadvantaged families.”

Neslihan Altun (Germany), MPP 2019

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.

Selection criteria

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of International Affairs (MIA)
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.

Merit refers to the internal assessment of each application according to our three admission criteria: academic excellence (40%), personal suitability (40%) and motivation (20%).

Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA)
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.