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There are scholarships available for the IDHA. However, there is a limited amount of funding for all other courses. The IIHA's partner organization, the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), offers a small number of partial scholarships (up to fifty percent of the total cost) to selected students. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a developing nation and be currently working within the humanitarian field. Scholarships do not cover the cost of transportation. Scholarships cannot be deferred or transferred to other courses.

Besso Scholarship

If you are an Italian citizen currently working within the humanitarian field, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Fondazione Marco Besso to attend the IDHA. This foundation generally grants 3 to 4 scholarships to the IDHA each year. These scholarships are decided upon once a year. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please submit a C.V. and cover letter to the Institute at and specify that you are seeking a scholarship from the Fondazione Marco Besso. The Fondazione does not accept any direct scholarship requests.

Joan Durcan Scholarship Fund

The Joan Durcan Scholarship Fund (JDSF) was established in 2014 to honor Joan Durcan, long time assistant of Kevin Cahill, M.D. A dear friend to IIHA and CIHC students, faculty, and countless other humanitarian aid professionals, Joan was a tireless advocate for those in positions of service and the people for whom they cared. Thus, the JDSF funds partial scholarships to aid professionals from the Global South who are pursuing the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) through Fordham University. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a developing nation and currently working within the humanitarian field. Students who request funding on their online Fordham application will be automatically considered to receive support from the JDSF. Students cannot apply to the JDSF directly or independently of submitting an application for the IDHA. The JDSF will fund up to 50% of tuition cost.

Federal financial aid

Please contact the University Financial Aid office to determine your eligibility. You may find information about this at