Hertie School of Governance – International Law and Human Rights Scholarship


Hertie School of Governance – International Law and Human Rights Scholarship 

Deadline: 1st February, 2021

Location: Germany

Summary: Mass migration as a result of political instability and climate crises; the growing wave of right-wing populism affecting political systems across the world; the disruptive effects of digitalisation and new technologies on all aspects of life. In the context of today’s rapidly changing global environment, the role of international governing bodies and the extent to which they can track and enforce the safeguarding of fundamental human rights is more relevant than ever. The International Law and Human Rights Scholarship is aimed at students interested in the intricacies related to agreements and laws between countries and the preservation of human rights in a multi-level system.


  • Master of Public Policy
    • The Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides the tools tomorrow’s decision makers need to analyse policies, critically assess policy innovations and evaluate solutions. It is a hands-on programme, giving students not only knowledge but experience they can use to promote good policies in all sectors. The interdisciplinary programme is ideal for individuals who want to understand and get involved in public affairs, learn analytical and managerial skills and help shape tomorrow’s world.
  • Master of International Affairs
    • International security, European governance or the future of human rights – our rapidly transforming world calls for solutions that positively shape the trajectory of our societies.
    • The Master of International Affairs (MIA) equips students with tools of international policymaking and the practical skills to devise sound policy proposals in a global multilevel system. Learning how to navigate this complex landscape of diverse actors and disciplines is at the heart of the programme.


  • Available for the Master of Public Policy or Master of International Affairs
  • Open to applicants of all nationalities

Who is it for?

  • Applicants with demonstrated interest in issues related to international law and who are passionate about tackling the challenges involved with the protection of fundamental rights.


  • One full scholarship worth 34,500 euros


  • First, submit a standard application to the MPP or MIA programme.
  • Additionally, answer one of the following questions in a brief essay:
    • Choose one global challenge to the protection of fundamental rights. Discuss why this is a challenge and what steps are needed to address it.
    • Is international law too weak to guide global public policy? Choose one of the following and discuss: The prohibition of landmines, the climate crisis, or the prohibition of torture.

The additional essay should be sent to grad-admissions@hertie-school.org after a standard application has been submitted. The essay should be approximately two pages in length.

Interested applicants should submit their applications and motivation statements before 1 February. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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