Scholarships for Online Humanitarian Diplomacy Diploma Course 708 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in conjunction with DiploFoundation, is inviting humanitarian professionals to apply for the 13-week online Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy course, which will enhance the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. The course requires 7 to 10 hours of study time per week. Partial scholarships are available to candidates from developing countries.

The course, which will commence 10 September 2018, comprises 8 modules and will help participants:

  • Familiarise with basic definitions, concepts, actors, and institutions in the field of humanitarian diplomacy
  • Acquire knowledge in international humanitarian law, the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and National Societies’ role as an auxiliary to government
  • Hone the advocacy and negotiation skills of participants
  • Exchange experiences and knowledge in a supportive online class environment and
  • Develop research skills and increase understanding of national and regional humanitarian diplomacy activities.

Although the course is taught in English, participants will have the option to write and submit some course assignments as well as the final research paper in French or Spanish.


Fee-paying participants will have to pay €990. However, a limited number of partial bursaries will be available to selected candidates from developing countries who work or volunteer with their local Red Cross and Red Crescent National Society, or with other humanitarian organisations.


Applicants for the diploma course should be senior management, branch leaders, managers, volunteers, and staff of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies who are working in governance, staff of IFRC and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as all other professionals who need to employ humanitarian diplomacy techniques.

They need to have an undergraduate university degree or minimum 2 years of work experience in the humanitarian or development field, as well as be proficient enough in the English language to undertake postgraduate-level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and writing academic essays). They must have access to the Internet.


Applications are to be done online by 30 July 2018.

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