CIHC Scholarships for the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance 727 views


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The Center For International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) is inviting citizens of developing countries and Italians working within the humanitarian field, who wish to pursue the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) taught by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, to apply for the Joan Durcan Scholarship Fund and the Besso Scholarship, respectively. The CIHC partners with IIHA to offer IDHA, which is hosted 3 times a year across the globe, to humanitarian aid workers. The next course will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17 November 2019 to 12 December 2019.

The IDHA is an intensive 4-week training program comprising more than 200 hours of lectures, presentations, debates, and group work. The course enhances students’ knowledge and skills in complex emergency and protracted crisis intervention. Students are also encouraged to critically examine global humanitarian processes in order to identify necessary reforms in both the public and private sectors. The course covers a full range of disciplines involved in humanitarian response, including: management, logistics, health, psychology, social sciences, anthropology, communication, agriculture, environment, education, conflict resolution, international law, civil/military relations, security, media, politics, and economics.


The Joan Durcan and Besso scholarships help to fund tuition fees. Scholarships cannot be deferred or transferred to other courses. The Joan Durcan Scholarship will fund up to 50% of tuition cost. Generally about 3 to 4 Besso scholarships are granted each year.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will receive 8 graduate-level credits accepted toward the Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action, or potentially their studies at other academic institutions.


Applicants for the Joan Durcan Scholarship Fund must be citizens of developing nations currently working within the humanitarian field.

Applicants for the Besso Scholarship, made available by the Fondazione Marco Besso, must be Italian citizens currently working within the humanitarian field.

Those applying for the IDHA must hold a university degree. They have to be proficient in English. Preference will be given to applicants with more than 5 years of field experience.


The IDHA is held 3 times each year in rotating locations around the world and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications for the next course in Geneva are currently being accepted.

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