At the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, we strongly believe in promoting diversity and inclusiveness.

Our scholarship programme removes barriers so humanitarian professionals can benefit from our training.

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

Who can apply 

Our MAS scholarships are open only to students 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 State of Geneva and the Fondation Hans Wilsdorf, we offer full and partial scholarships for our Executive Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action (MAS).

When applying, scholarship applicants will have to choose the length of their stay in Geneva, bearing in mind Term 1 is residential and Term 2 is online:

  • Four months (from September to December) = Term 1 (Residential in Geneva)
  • Seven months (from September to March) = Term 1 (Residential) and Term 2 (Online)

We offer two options of scholarships:


Covers CHF 13,000 of the tuition fees and living expenses in Geneva (CHF 2,000/month for a duration of 4 or 7 months)


Covers only the living expenses in Geneva (CHF 2,000/month) – this is only available for Term 1 covering September-December.

Please be aware that all MAS scholarship holders must contribute to the tuition fees with a minimum payment of CHF 2,000 (including a CHF 1,000 deposit).

Application process

Remember to apply by the 1st February registration deadline and follow 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 selected programme application form and fill in all the financial information required.

All scholarships are allocated and administered by the Centre. We expect all students to contribute towards the cost of their education. The scholarship selection committee takes into account individuals’ financial contributions. We therefore strongly advise candidates to look for other financial support options.

Other funding options

There is an additional funding option for those who pay Geneva taxes for at least one year. 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.