Application Process - Master Social Protection

If your are interested in the Helmut-Schmidt-Scholarship from the DAAD, please visit the following page for more information:

Application portal

Interested applicants should first fill in the online application form which will be made available via our online application portal.

You will be asked to provide the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Copies of previous degrees and transcripts
  • Proof of work experience in a field related to social protection (min. 5 months, incl. voluntary work and paid/unpaid internships)
  • Proof of proficiency in English (C1 level)
  • Research Proposal


1. Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)

The letter of motivation should briefly explain relevant and questionable parts of the application. Use the motivation letter to explain your motivation for studying and working in the field of Social Security. Tell us what excites you most about studying at our university and what area of Social Security you are most interested in. 

2. CV

The curriculum vitae should not contain any unexplained time lapses. Individual work experiences should be outlined by brief job descriptions and the exact job title. Relevant experience(s) abroad and voluntary work positions complete the picture.

3. Copies of previous degrees and transcripts

Copies of certificates must be submitted online via the application portal in German or English, with a German or English translation if the language is different. In case of successful admission, the copies will be requested by the Registrar's Office as certified copies and must be submitted by postal mail.

4. Proof of work experience in a field related to social protection

We require a letter signed by your employer detailing the a) exact dates of your employment b) the number of hours worked weekly c) your job title, specific duties, as well as a paragraph on the organization or company explaining its field of work, mission statement, etc. The letter should bear an official stamp and include the official contact details of your immediate supervisor (work phone number and work email). If you worked for an international organization, please include the reference number.

5. Proof of proficiency in English (C1 level)

Please provide an official certificate proving at least a C1 level according to the common European framework of reference for languages certified by one of the accepted tests, or an official letter from your previous university confirming that your previous studies were conducted in the English language. 

If English is your mother tongue or you have completed a previous degree in English, you will not need to take an additional language test.

6. Research Proposal

Applicants will be asked to submit a Research Proposal. The template can be found here. Note: The file should contain the family name.

The Research Proposal is designed to be completed within 2 hours. Once completed, it must be uploaded to the application portal with the other application materials before the application deadline.


Offers of Admission

After the application deadline, the Registar's Office will inform applicants about the next steps in a timely manner. Successful applicants will receive an informal offer of admission.

To obtain a formal offer of admission, successful applicants are required to send in certified copies of the original supporting documents by mail within two weeks after receiving the informal offer of admission.


Application Deadline:

The online application portal for the following winter semester will open on January 15, 2022 and will close on March 31, 2022, if student visa is required, or May 31, 2022, if no student visa is required.

Please be aware that any forged / altered documents will result in the automatic rejection of your application.