Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+)

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+) is an inter-university multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competences for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action.

Comprehensive programme
The first Master’s programme in the area of humanitarian studies — established in 1993 with the support of the European Commission — combines theoretical and analytical knowledge and skills with a hands-on approach.

Quality education
Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching and training by 150+ faculty members, a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers.

Global professionals
Over 3,000 graduates work in humanitarian relief and international co-operation for (inter)national organisations and institutions both in the field and at HQs around the world.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+)

  • 2 years, 4 semesters, 120 ECTS
  • Specialised education in humanitarian action
  • Professional and academic specialisations
  • Trilingual education in English, French, Spanish
  • Study in different universities around the world

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Programme information

  • Background

    The NOHA+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action has been designed for people working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian action; regardless of their race, religion, age, and/or geographical origin.

    The Master's programme was created in 1993 as a result of concerted efforts on the part of the NOHA Universities, working in close collaboration with two Directorates-General of the European Commission: the DG for Humanitarian Action and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the DG for Education and Culture. The initiative was a response to a growing need for higher educational qualifications specifically suited to addressing complex humanitarian emergencies.

    More than two decades of experience has proved the Network's commitment and capacity to educate and train highly committed and interdisciplinary persons who can act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and who can function in a variety of ways to enhance the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions.

    Mobility is central to the NOHA experience. Students study at different universities and benefit from rich cultural interaction and exchange of ideas and languages. It is an integral part of the NOHA teaching-learning process.

    The partner universities have gradually integrated the joint training and research programme into their respective curricula, achieving a high degree of co-operation and integration, while preserving their speciality and traditions.

    NOHA students come from all over the world and register in the NOHA network. They are admitted following a highly competitive selection process agreed by the Network and can therefore enrol for courses jointly recognised by each of the participating universities, with the assurance of good communication links between them.

  • Degree profile

    Graduates of the NOHA Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance the professional delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions. After the completion of the NOHA Joint Master's course, graduates will have acquired the following learning competencies:


    1. Capacity to develop global and comprehensive visions of conflict, disaster and related vulnerable situations, in terms of theoretical approaches, as well as the responses and their effects.
    2. Capacity for critical thinking, conceptualising, analysing, assessing and judging complex humanitarian situations.
    3. Ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity responding to new humanitarian challenges and paradigms with innovative approaches.
    4. Capacity to identify and investigate new trends in humanitarian action and do applied research to create new knowledge and thinking, promoting new ideas, developments and solutions.


    5. Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding to manage humanitarian operations in complex and uncertain environments, including risk assessment.
    6. Capacity to manage policies, strategies, and programmes according to humanitarian principles and values.
    7. Capacity to understand and promote constructively global coordination of humanitarian efforts in a set of multiple and diverse actors on global, national and local level.
    8. Capacity to make humanitarian action accountable to beneficiaries and other humanitarian stakeholders.
    9. Excellent communications skills and ability to build and lead diverse teams, moving them to the highest collective performance.


    10. Knowledge of key international humanitarian principles and values and professional codes of conduct, and commitment to their implementation in practice.
    11. Capacity to make informed and reasoned complex decisions and take action upon them.
    12. Ability to deal with ethical and moral dilemmas and take responsibility for decisions on them.
    13. Ability to cope with humanitarian crises on a personal level in relation to oneself and to those one is responsible for: being flexible, adaptable and dealing with stress.
    14. Sensitivity to culture, gender and diversity in humanitarian action.
  • Participation costs

    Participations costs: 12,000 € (for both Erasmus+ Program Countries and Partner Countries*) for the entire 2-year (4 semesters) programme (3,000 € per semester).
    As stated in the Student Agreement, signed upon entrance into the programme, participaton costs are collected at the beginning of new semester. 

    The participation costs are defined as all costs related to and including tuition fees, library and laboratory costs, and any other mandatory cost related to the students' participation in the Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action for the standard duration of the degree programme, including support in administrative and organisational issues by the consortium partners, costs for enrolment at the consortium partner’s institutions, all examinations and issuing the final diploma.

    Student participation costs do not cover accommodation, subsistence, travel to and from partner universities and travel documents (visa, passport) included within the framework of the mobility programme and any costs beyond the standard duration of the degree programme.

    * Program Countries: the 28 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK) and  the EEA-EFTA states (Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey).
    All other countries are referred to as partner countries.
  • Erasmus Mundus scholarships

    The NOHA Master’s programme has been proudly supported by the European Union for over a decade. It was one of the first 19 Master programmes selected at the start of the Erasmus Mundus programme in 2004. In 2017, the European Union has renewed its support to the NOHA master’s course for a period of 4 years, including scholarships funding for 3 course editions, the first one starting in September 2018.

    For the second course edition, starting in September 2018, 18 scholarships will be funded by the European Union; 4 are targeted to students from Program Countries*, and 14 are targeted to students from Partner countries*.
    In addition, there is 1 scholarship available for each of the following groups of partner countries:
    • ENI EAST (Region 2)
    • ENI South (Region 3)
    • Asia – LDC countries (Region 6: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal)
    • Latin America LMI countries (Region 8: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay)
    • Latin America – remaining countries (Region 8: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruquay, Venezuela)
    • Gulf Countries (Region 12)
    • ACP countries (Region 11)
    According to Erasmus+ rules students at Master level can apply to a maximum of three different programmes. Both, students and potential scholars/guest lecturers should contact the relevant institution for more information on courses and application procedures.
      Partner Country students scholarships Program Country students scholarships
    Contribution to travel and installation 3000 € per year if residence less than 4000 km from home university location 1000 € per year
    4000 € per year if residence more than 4000 km from home university location
    Contribution to the participation costs (including insurance coverage) 6000 € per year 4500 € per year
    Monthly allowance (24 maximum) 1 000 € / month 1000 € / month
    * Program Countries: the 28 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK) and  the EEA-EFTA states (Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey).
    All other countries are referred to as partner countries.
  • Admission criteria

    The NOHA Master's in International Humanitarian Action has been designed for people working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian action. Candidates are chosen on the basis of the quality of their education and professional background, their experience in and concern for humanitarian issues, their multicultural sensitivity and their linguistic abilities.

    Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following entry requirements and common minimum eligibility criteria:

    • All applicants must follow the joint application procedure as established by the NOHA+ consortium.
    • Completed application (online application form and all requested documents) is submitted through the online application system by the established deadline.
    • Candidates must have obtained, as a minimum, a university first cycle degree (Bachelor, EQF level 6) in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian action (medical sciences, foods sciences, economics and management, engineering, law, social sciences, education sciences, humanities).
    • Candidates are required to have a recognised qualification in the language(s) of instruction of the universities they plan to attend: 
      • English: C1 certificate (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) or TOEFL (550-600 paper, 215-250 computer and 93 internet) or IELTS (6-7) certificate. Language of instruction for: L-Università ta' Malta, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universidad de Deusto (second semester), University College Dublin, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Uppsala universitet.
      • Spanish: B2 certificate (according to CEFR). Language of instruction for: Universidad de Deusto (first semester).
      • French: C1 certificate (according to CEFR). Language of instruction for: Aix-Marseille Université.

    Candidates are chosen on the basis of the following selection criteria:

    • type and level of academic qualifications,
    • type and level of research experience,
    • type and level of professional experience, such as practical experience in the area of humanitarian action in governmental, inter-governmental and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions,
    • motivation and concern for humanitarian issues,
    • multicultural sensitivity,
    • level of linguistic abilities,
    • recommendations,
    • results of interviews (if applicable),
    • nationality and gender balance.
  • Erasmus+ grantee eligibility additional requirements

    Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applicants must follow the joint application procedure as established by the NOHA consortium, submit a complete application and comply with all eligibility criteria.
    • A completed application must have been received by the deadline indicated (31 January).
    • Proof of nationality: Candidates with multiple nationalities must decide at application stage under which nationality they apply.
    • Proof of place of residence: To be verified on the basis of the provision of the documents listed in the PRADO website. For example:
      • a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules and  issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship, i.e. the consortium's official deadline for student application;
      • a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship, i.e. the consortium's official deadline for student application.
    • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries count as Partner Country students (see below).
    • Partner Country students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students. The five-year reference period for this 12-months rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the consortia) of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship. The 12-months residency rule should not apply to the Partner Country candidates who for various reasons and under various circumstances have sought refuge and received a refugee status in a Programme Country.
    • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries count as Programme Country students. Students with a Partner Country citizenship who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-months rule) count as Programme Country students.
    • Students who have already obtained an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action.
    • EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU funded scholarship scheme to follow the same EMJMD course and this for the entire period of the course.

    Erasmus+ Programme Country:
    EU and a number of non-EU countries that have established a National Agency and which participate fully in the Erasmus+ Programme. The list of Erasmus+ Programme Countries can be found in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide: "Who can participate in the Erasmus+ Programme" section.
    Erasmus+ Partner Country:
    Country which does not participate fully in the Erasmus+ Programme. For the EMJMD action any non-Erasmus+ Programme Country is considered as 'Partner Country'.
  • Application procedure

    Step by Step Instructions

    1. ALL applications for the NOHA+ EMJMD in International Humanitarian Action must be made online through the on-line NOHA Application Form
    2. Click HERE to access the NOHA Application form (link available soon)
    3. No print application documents shall be submitted unless requested or authorised by NOHA.
    4. Read through the on-line application form and prepare all of the data you are asked to provide for each section of the form as well as all of the documents that you must attach to your application.
    5. Fill in the on-line application form, completing all of the sections as requested.
    6. Attach all of the compulsory documents:
    • Copy of passport (only the main pages including your full name, passport number, date and place of issue, expiry date)
    • Certified copy of Diploma (if this document is not in English, an official translation should be attached) and, if available, of the Diploma Supplement
    • Certified copies of academic transcripts (if this document is not in English, an official translation should be attached)
    • Curriculum vitae in English (Europass model:
    • Official proof of language abilities, where applicable
    • Two reference letters (in English)
    • Residence certificate OR certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question (EM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS ONLY)

    Important: Some of the NOHA universities (Uniwersytet Warszawski, Universidad de Deusto, Uppsala universitet) have a specific list of national requirements which have to be met in order to conclude the admission procedure. Please read the information before applying in order to be prepared in advance. These requirements apply also to students undertaking mobility to the universities in question during second semester.

  • Timeline

    Timeline and deadlines for applications

    • 1 November 2017: Opening of the call for all applications to the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the 2018-2020 cohort
    • 31 January 2018: Deadline for Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications
    • 15 April 2018: Central application deadline for all ordinary candidates.

    Please note that some universities are running late admissions beyond the central application deadline. Please contact the NOHA University of your choice for more information.

    • Ineligible candidates will be informed two weeks after closing of the application process, by 15 February 2018 and will have a 2 week period from the moment they receive notification, to submit an appeal.
    • Non-selected candidates and candidates in the reserve list will receive notification once the Selection Committee has evaluated all candidatures and the final student list has been adopted, in April. Rejected candidates may appeal to the Joint Admissions Board within one month from the receipt of the decision notice.
    • Selected candidates will be notified once the Selection Committee has evaluated all candidatures and the final student list has been adopted, in May.
  • Joint selection procedure

    Admission to the degree programme is determined by the Joint Admissions Board, which has one representative from each university, has the Joint Programme Coordinator as its chairperson, and is supported by the Secretariat.
    The Secretariat at the Coordinating institution and the Secretariats at the partner universities assess the applications to check whether the application is complete and meets the minimum set of requirements to make the candidate eligible. The corresponding NOHA selection committee at each Network university will make a preliminary selection of the candidates. The final list of admitted students will be adopted by the Joint Admissions Board which meets 2 weeks after the deadlines of submission. The applicants are informed in writing regarding the decision of the Joint Admission Board, which includes information for the student about the possibility to appeal.  
    Final results of successful and unsuccessful candidates can only be released in May 2018.
    The selection results will be sent to candidates by Email.
  • Procedure of appeal

    Rejected candidates may appeal to the Joint Admissions Board within one month from the receipt of the decision notice. In the event of an appeal, the Joint Admissions Board may reconsider its decision on the basis of additional information.
    The Appeal Form can be downloaded from this link (soon) and must be sent to the NOHA Consortium at the following address: Please mention in the message subject: Request for Appeal of Dismissal. Any appeal will be considered with particular attention.
  • Documents

Admissions for
Year 2018-2019:
START: 1 November 2017

Programme structure

  • Overview

  • Learning path

  • 1 Foundation Period

    Foundation Period (Semester I) is composed of two elements:
    (1) NOHA Intensive Programme (5 ECTS): An initial inter-university joint course that brings together all NOHA students, introduces them to key principles and concepts underlying humanitarian action and main actors in the field of humanitarian relief, their policies and strategies, as well as contemporary issues and challenges facing humanitarian actors.
    Location: Warsaw, Poland
    When: Beginning of September
    Language of instruction: English

    (2) Common courses (25 ECTS): Jointly developed NOHA modules which provide a space to debate the essentials of humanitarian action and its current trends: World Politics, Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Action, People & Culture, Management, Public Health.
    The content of the modules, their layout and the complementary capacity building and problem-solving activities aim at providing the required knowledge and skills in a complex interdisciplinary and international learning framework respecting the different historical teaching background and variety of expertise in the NOHA partner universities.
    Location: Home university
    When: September-January
    Language of instruction:
    English: Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany • University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland • Uppsala universitet, Sweden • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands • Uniwersytet Warszawski (UW), Poland • L'Università ta Malta (UM), Malta
    French: Aix Marseille Université (AMU), France
    Spanish: Universidad de Deusto (UD), Spain

  • 2 Specialisation Period

    Upon successful completion of the Foundation Period at their home universities, students follow the Specialisation Period (Semester II) in another NOHA university of their choice. It allows students to get deeper knowledge and competences in specific aspects of humanitarian action and to strengthen the areas of a particular importance to them. Each university offers 20 ECTS of courses based on their unique expertise which are supplemented by a set of common courses: Advanced Management and Methodology & Research Methods in Humanitarian Studies.
    Location: Any of the NOHA universities (Host university)
    When: February-June

    Available specilisations:

  • 3 Contextualisation Period

    During the Contextualisation Period (Semester III) the student can choose between two options:

    a) Regional training  (30 ECTS):
    This component introduces students to humanitarian action approaches in regional contexts, gives them the opportunity to cooperate, function and work in a different cultural setting, and help students to develop and adapt their research project to the regional context in preparation for the students’ project in the fourth semester
    Regional training is offered at the following partner universities (more information soon):

    • Eastern Europe: Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland)
    • Post-Soviet States: Vilniaus universitetas (Lithuania)
    • Caucasus region: Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia)
    • Middle East: German Jordanian University (Jordan)
    • Middle East: Université Saint-Joseph (Lebanon) [in French]
    • Southern Africa: University of Western Cape (South Africa)
    • South Asia: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India)
    • Mainland Southeast Asia: Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
    • Mainland Southeast Asia: University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnam)
    • Maritime Southeast Asia: Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)
    • Maritime Southeast Asia: International Islamic University (Malaysia)
    • East Asia: International Christian University (Japan)
    • Asia & Pacific: Deakin University (Australia)
    • Latin America: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
    • North America: Fordham University (USA)

    b) Work Placement (30 ECTS)
    Students follow a training module on Career Development and a supervised, mentored and monitored placement which are jointly designed with the partner organisations and formalised through individual written traineeship agreements.

    • Career Development Training (10 ECTS)
    • Placement (20 ECTS)
    Note: List of available placements will be published at a later stage.

    Location: Home university/Partner university/Humanitarian organisation
    When: September-January

  • 4 Research Period

    In the context of international humanitarian action new professionals must be:

    • able to select and analyse research material;
    • trained to confront new problems in their multiple dimensions;
    • able to understand reality and to elaborate innovative solutions; and
    • accustomed to assessing their results.

    The aim of the Research Period (Semester IV) is to provide key competences required to research the humanitarian action context and ensure that interventions are based on systematic information collection, analysis and synthesis. The Master thesis must be assessed by at least two examiners. In principle, the examiners should be a member of the first semester university and the second semester university of the student or the partner university or institution. Supervision and assessment is to be conducted in line with the joint Master Thesis Guide.
    Location: Home university
    When: February-June

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  • Is my selection of universities binding at the application stage?

    Home university (1st semester): Before selecting your choice, please make sure that you have also read list of specific national requirements which have to be met in order to conclude the admission procedure at certain universities.

    Host university (2nd semester): Students are expected to study at another NOHA university during the second semester. Please choose up to 3 possibilities. You should consider the specialisation of each university carefully: we will do our best to offer you your first choice, but once a decision is made it may not be possible to change it. In the case of the Aix-Marseille Université and Universidad de Deusto, you should also make sure that your knowledge of French / Spanish is good enough to study a Master's degree (min. B2 level in Spanish, min. C1 level in French).

    Host university/institution (3rd semester): During third semester the students can choose one of the learning pathways available: professional or research. Please choose up to 2 possibilities. At this stage, the selection is not binding and can be modified by the end of first semester when detailed information on work placements and programmes in third-country universities will be made available. For information purposes, however, please select your real preferences. In the case of the Université Saint-Joseph and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, you should also make sure that your knowledge of French / Spanish is good enough to study a Master's degree (min. B2 level in Spanish, min. C1 level in French).
  • I still have some questions. Who should I contact?

    If you have read the content of NOHA website and still have questions about the Master's programme, please contact:

    (1) For general queries about the structure of the programme, application procedure etc.
    NOHA Master's Secretariat, Universidad de Deusto,
    Ms Sonia de Pablo, nohamasters(at), tel. +34 944 139 000 (ext 3241)

    (2) For issues specific to a particular university of your choice:
    • Aix-Marseille Université, NOHA Coordinator
      Dr Rossitza Barakova, rossitza.barakova(at), +33 44 217 2591
    • L'Università ta' Malta, NOHA Coordinator
      Mr Joseph Debono, joseph.m.debono(at), +356 2340 2340
    • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Elena Herman, noha(at), +31 50 363 2420/6050
    • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, NOHA Coordinator
      Mr Will Wright, noha(at), +49 234 3228258
    • Universidad de Deusto, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Maite Segesta, noha(at), +34 944 139 102
    • University College Dublin, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Bianca Bondoc, noha.dublin(at), +353 1 716 7608
    • Uniwersytet Warszawski, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Maria Roman, noha(at), +48 22 55 24 367
    • Uppsala universitet, NOHA Coordinator
      Mr Cameron Ross, noha(at), +46 18 471 2236
  • I do not yet have a proof of my English language skills. What should I do?

    Knowledge of English is a requirement. For specific information about the certificate that you have to provide, please contact the NOHA coordination department at the university in which you are planning to enrol.
    You can apply for the Master Course with both certificates (IELTS or TOEFL). It is required to have a level equivalent to C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
    Regarding the language test, you can send your scores after the deadline. Please remember that if you are pre-selected for the Masters Course, your home university may ask you to submit a proof of language ability, so you will need to take the test.
    If you do not yet have your test scores, when submitting your application form, attach a word document to the language certificate field, stating that your scores will be received later. Once you have them, please send them to: and we will upload them onto your application form.
  • What are the fields of previous study that are taken into account?

    Candidates for the Masters Course must have obtained a Bachelor degree in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian action (e.g. disciplines rooted in Social Sciences and Humanities, but also Engineering or Medical Sciences). One of the documents that you have to attach to your application form is a copy of your academic transcripts (academic records that state the subjects you have taken). However, the NOHA Board carefully examines all of the applications and takes into account different criteria: quality of education, professional background, experience in and concern for humanitarian issues, multicultural sensitivity, and linguistic abilities. Its decision is evaluated against all these criteria.
  • I do not have my diploma yet. Can I still apply?

    One of the requirements for applying to the Masters Course is having completed a good level first cycle degree. If you have not completed your bachelor degree, you will have to wait until the next call.
    If you have completed your studies (or are about to do so) but are waiting for your diploma to be issued, you can apply for the course with your provisional transcripts. You may need the original ones once your application has been accepted. Please note that each university is responsible for its own process of registration. They can ask you to provide the official certificates, according to the university regulation.
    In the above case, please upload a word document where you explain that you will forward your diploma when you get it. Once you have it, contact us again and we will guide you through the process.
  • Are there any scholarships available for the Masters course?

    For the 2017-18 academic year, no Erasmus+ scholarships are available. Each European country and each university has its own scholarship programme. Please contact the NOHA university where you would like to apply to find out more about their scholarship programmes.

    Please also have a look at the following websites to check if you are eligible for a scholarship of these institutions. If so, please apply as soon as possible for the grants. Please note that NOHA is not affiliated with any of the insitutions listed below and do not facilitate the scholarship procedures.

    A. Wilhelm Klein-Stiftung
    Alexander von Humboldt
    Alfred Töpfer-Stiftung
    Becas Fundation Caja Madrid
    The British Academy
    The British Council
    Bundesfoederungsgesetz (Bafoeg)
    Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen 
    Bureau for academic recognition and international exchange
    Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V. CDG
    Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung 
    Compagnia di San Paolo 
    DAAD-scholarship database (1)
    DAAD-scholarship database (2)
    DAAD grant for students from developing and emerging economic countries
    The Danish State Educational Support (SU)
    Danish Government Scholarships
    The Denmark-America Foundation & the Fulbright Commission
    DIKTI scholarships for Indonesian Lecturers
    Dr. Arthur Pfungst-Stiftung
    Dr. Jost-Henkel-Stiftung
    Elfi (database)
    Elisabeth Krauß'sche Stipendienstiftung
    Erasmus Praktikum
    Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk
    Euraxess - Researchers in Motion
    Europe & South Africa Partnership for Human Development (EUROSA)
    European Funding Guide
    Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst
    Ford Foundation
    Foundation for Polish Science
    Friedrich Weller-Stipendium
    The Polish-US Fulbright Commission
    Gemeinschaft für studentischen Austausch in Mittel- u. Osteuropa (GFPS) e. V.
    George Soros Foundation/ Open Society Foundations
    The German-American Fulbright Commission
    German Marshall Fund of the United States
    GFPS Polska
    Go East Grants
    Hans Böckler Stiftung
    International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
    International Scholarships
    Japan/World Bank Scholarship
    Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst
    Kölner Gymnasial- und Stitungsfonds
    The Kościuszko Foundation
    La Caixa Foundation
    Leonardo da Vinci Stipendium
    Mellon Foundation
    NATO - Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division
    Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)
    Netherlands organisation for international cooperation
    Oesterreichischer Austauschdienst
    Oticon Foundation
    Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V.
    Peter Fuld Stiftung
    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation 
    Reemtsma Begabtenförderungswerk
    Robert Bosch Stiftung
    Rotary International District 5960
    Scholarship Information Search
    Scholarship providers
    Scholarships Times
    Stefan Batory Foundation
    Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
    Stiftung zur Förderung des Bildungssystems
    Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
    SU Scholarships
    TOEFL Scholarship program
    International Visegrad Fund
    WEBB scholarship
  • What is a certified copy?

    One of the requirements for applying to the Masters programme is to upload certified copies of all diplomas, diploma supplements and academic transcripts. The certification of these documents guarantees that the copies are identical to the original. If candidates need to translate their diploma or transcript, the signature or seal of the translator can be considered as a guarantee that the translated document is a faithful copy of the original. If the candidate´s university has issued the diploma in English, that same university can certify the copies.
    Please note that some universities might also require a legalised copy of your documents. Refer to Additional admission requirements for more information.
  • What is the definition of a third-country graduate student?

    A third-country graduate student means a national of a third country other than those from:
    EEA-EFTA States (Island, Liechtenstein and Norway) and candidate countries for accession to the European Union (presently Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey); who has already obtained a first higher education degree; who is not a resident of any of the Member States or the participating countries (EE-EFTA States and EU candidate countries for accession); who has not carried out his or her main activity (studies, work, etc) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the Member States or the participating countries.
    This term is by no means related to the so-called “third world”.
  • What are academic credentials?

    “Academic credentials” refer to the official certification proving that you have completed the education you claim you have (your studies). A “diploma” is the document issued by an institution showing that a person has earned a degree. “Academic transcripts” are your academic records.
  • What is a curriculum vitae?

    A “Curriculum Vitae” (CV) is defined as “a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasising your professional qualifications and activities”. It is not the standard resume used in most employment settings but a variation provided only when specifically requested, usually in pursuit of an academic or research position. 
  • What is a diploma supplement?

    A diploma supplement (DS) is produced by national institutions according to a template that has been developed by a Joint European Commission – Council of Europe – UNESCO working group.
    The DS is composed of eight sections (information identifying the holder of the qualification, information identifying the qualification, information on the level of the qualification, information on the contents and results gained, information on the function of the qualification, additional information, certification of the Supplement, information on the national higher education system).
    Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should provide the reason why. Institutions have to apply to the DS the same authentication procedures as for the diploma itself.
    A description of the national higher education system within which the individual named on the original qualification graduated has to be attached to the DS. This description is provided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARICs) and is available on the website:
  • What kind of reference letters do I have to provide?

    You are required to provide two reference letters; ideally one from the academic field and the other from the professional field. If you were unable to, alternatively, you may provide two letters from the academic field.
    If you are planning to enrol at Aix-Marseille University where French is the language of instruction, you are allowed to submit your reference letters in French. However, for the rest of universities, reference letters should be provided in English. 
    Although reference letters should be sent together with your application form, we understand that in order to preserve confidentiality some people prefer to send them to us directly. If this is the case, please ask your referee(s) to send the letter(s) directly to the NOHA Masters Secretariat ( as well as to the NOHA Director of the University in which you would like to enrol, quoting your candidate reference number. You should also attach a document stating that the letter(s) will be sent separately by your referee(s).
    There is no specific format or length for the letter, and it can be addressed to the NOHA Director of the university in which you would like to study or simply "To Whom It May Concern".
  • I am having problems uploading my documents. What should I do?

    Some of the submission problems stem from the size of the documents being uploaded. Please note that the documents must not exceed 1MB = 1024 KB.
    If you have a document that exceeds this size, you may want to:
    • try to reduce the size of the document by converting it into another format for example (.pdf, .dic or .jpeg), or
    • separate the document into two different documents and attach one of them as Other documentation
  • What is the difference between a home university and a host institution?

    The home institution is the university in which you will be enrolled, and where you will spend the first and third semesters. The core course and research and work placement take place during these semesters.
    The host institution is the university in which students spend their second semester. The orientation course takes place during the second semester. Each NOHA university has a specific specialisation which are detailed on their pages (see delivering universities above).
    In order to decide which universities (home and host) you would like to apply for, please remember that candidates must have a recognised qualification in the language of instruction of the universities in which they are planning to study, both home and host universities. 
  • I learned not to take anything for granted, to acknowledge there are other points of view that may be as valid as mine, and to keep my ears open to everything, as unconnected as it might sound.

    Lapo Somigli (alumnus 2000) Field Coordinator, Accion Contra La Faim
  • The programme encouraged us to think critically, to use analytical thinking. This turned out to be very useful at management level when designing strategies and analysing context.

    Edith Favoreu (alumna 2001) Deputy Director, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action
  • The Alumni Community is a great and very strong network and I would like to see it grow even further. All over the world I meet NOHAs and they go out of their way to help each other — professionally and personally. They share the same values and interests, even if they end up in another sector.

    Gemma Bennink (alumna 2002) Education Sector Coordinator, UNICEF Lebanon
  • It’s very cliché, I know, but NOHA provided the ideal combination of academic study and practical experience - as well as the opportunity to work and learn alongside people from all walks of life.

    John Lakeman (alumnus 2007) Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, CARE International, UK
  • To me NOHA was also a period of reflection and delving into the ideal, enabling me to take a step out of the daily bombardments of the professional world and into a space realignment and growth.

    Gabriel Nehrbass (alumnus 2010) Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • I have learned how to research an issue and link it to what is going on in practice. I also think the exposure to a wide variety of subjects helped encourage interdisciplinary thinking.

    Aaron Clark-Ginsberg (alumnus 2012) Cybersecurity Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University
  • I have learned to work within a group of diverse people, establishing a common understanding despite differences with respect to culture, knowledge, age, language and intentions.

    Joanna Simonow (alumna 2013) Research Assistant, ETH Zurich
  • NOHA is a journey through cultures and societies that pushes your personal and academic limits, giving you a better understanding of humanitarian realities.

    Alisa Ananbeh (alumna 2015) Consortium Management Information Senior Officer, Danish Refugee Council