At the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, we strongly believe in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. Our scholarship programme removes barriers so that humanitarian professionals can benefit from our training.

Thanks to our scholarships, we have a very diverse mix of students in the classroom to make sure their experience reflects the diversity of their working environments. Such diversity creates a great opportunity to hone negotiation and listening skills, key to a successful project and people management.

Who can apply 

Our scholarships are open only to students coming from ‘least developed’, ‘low income’ and ‘lower-middle income’ countries according to the DAC list of ODA Recipients. (Please note the 4th column of the document is excluded from applying for grants: upper-middle-income countries and territories). 

Each year, thanks to the financial support of the Service de la solidarité internationale of the Canton of Geneva, we offer full scholarships for two of our courses:

We have two categories of scholarships holders:

1) Those with a full scholarship to cover their 4-month living expenses in Geneva + MAS tuition fees.

3) Those with a scholarship to cover their tuition fees for the DAS (4 residential months in Geneva from September to December) but no living expenses coverage.

Please be aware that all MAS and DAS scholarship holders have to contribute to the tuition fees with a minimum payment of CHF 1,000.

Application process

Remember to check the registration deadlines for each course and the application requirements.

Candidates should check their eligibility for a scholarship before applying.

After checking, candidates can apply for a scholarship by filling in the online application form.

Please remember to tick the button “I would like to apply for a scholarship” that you will find as part of the application form of the programme you have selected, and fill in all the financial information required.

Given the high number of scholarship applicants and the limited number of scholarships available, we strongly encourage candidates to search for other sources of funding as well.

Other funding options

For those who pay Geneva taxes for at least one year there is an additional funding option. Candidates can apply for a “chèque annuel de formation” (training subsidy), which amounts to a maximum of CHF 2,250. A request should be made to the OFPC (office pour l’orientation, la formation professionnelle et continue) before the start of the course. For more information, please visit this page. A video (in French) with information on this process is available here.

We also encourage candidates to check with their employer to see if training grants are available, and with their local or national government education and training programmes.

We are aware that the cost of living in Geneva is high. We provide advice and information to our students on how to live on a student budget, including a list of suitable student accommodations.