Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action 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. 

In July 2020, the NOHA Master was once again selected as an Erasmus Mundus programme. This means that we will continue to offer Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the next 4 editions, starting with the 2021-23 cohort.

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.

Global Professionals
Interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual teaching by 150+ in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers. Over 3,000 graduates work in humanitarian relief and international co-operation for organisations and institutions in the field and at HQs globally.

Quality education
NOHA was one of Europe's first Erasmus Mundus Master Programmes and in 2020, the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency chose the NOHA Joint Master´s Programme in International Humanitarian Action for funding once again.

Programme information

  • Background & Degree Profile

    The NOHA+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action is designed for people working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian action; regardless of their race, religion, age, and/or geographical origin. Created in 1993 through the concerted efforts of the NOHA Universities in close collaboration with 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. Almost three 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.

    One of the most unique elements of the programme, 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. 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:
    VISION: GLOBAL AND COMPREHENSIVE VISION OF THE HUMANITARIAN WORLD
    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.

    STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT: CAPACITY TO MANAGE HIGH IMPACT ORGANISATIONS AND COMPLEX HUMANITARIAN RESPONSES
    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.

    PERSONAL INTEGRITY: CAPACITY FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT AND TO INSPIRE AND PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
    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.

  • Admission Criteria & Participation Costs

    Who can apply for NOHA master's?
    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 is the language of instruction in all universities during all semester except for Aix-Marseilles (French - 1st & 2nd Semester) and Deusto (Spanish - 1st semester only).
      • English:
        • TOEFL IBT (internet-based): minimum score of 93 with a minimum of 24 (scale 0–30) in the written test.
        • IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no component under 6.0.
        • CAE or CPE: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), C1 or Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE), C2
        • Candidates are not required to take a test in the following circumstances:
          • native speakers of English from English-speaking countries (i.e.where English is one of the official languages);
          • the language of instruction during your entire BA programme was English - In this case, the language of instruction must be clearly stated on your diploma/transcripts. Alternatively, you can submit a letter from the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office, or the equivalent office that issues official documents of records at your university.
      • Spanish: 
        • B2 certificate (according to CEFR).
      • French: 
        • C1 certificate (according to CEFR). 

    Important: Some of the NOHA universities (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 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 on specific national requirements before applying. These requirements apply also to students undertaking mobility to the universities in question during second semester.

    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.

    What are the participation costs for the NOHA master's?
    Participations costs: 12,000 € for the entire 2-year (4 semesters) programme. The fee can be paid either in full or in instalments, as described in the supporting payment documents distributed at the admission stage.

    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.
     
  • Application procedure

    Step by Step Instructions

    1. ALL applications must be made online through the on-line NOHA Application Form HERE
    2. No print application documents should be submitted unless requested or authorised by NOHA.
    3. Read through the on-line application form and prepare all of the information for each section of the form as well as all of the documents that you must attach to your application.
    4. Fill in the on-line application form, completing all of the sections as requested.
    5. 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)
    • Scan of original diploma (if this document is not in English, an official translation should be attached) and, if available, of the Diploma Supplement. If you are offered a place on the programme, you will have to present the original documents, or submit a certified copy of the original documents, when you arrive at the NOHA universities you choose for the first and second semesters
      • If you have finished your Bachelor’s studies when you apply but have not yet received your degree: please submit an official document confirming that you have successfully completed your studies and that you will be awarded a degree. The document must be issued through and signed by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent.
      • Only for self-funding candidates, not applicable to Erasmus Mundus applicants. If you have not completed your Bachelor’s studies when you apply: please submit an official document stating that you are a currently enrolled student and participating in your last year of studies. The document must be issued through and signed by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent.
    • Scan of original academic transcripts (if this document is not in English, an official translation should be attached). If you are offered a place on the programme, you will have to present the original documents, or submit a certified copy of the original documents, when you arrive at the NOHA universities you choose for the first and second semesters
      • If you have not completed your Bachelor’s studies when you apply: you must still submit transcripts for all courses you have passed so far.
    • Curriculum vitae in English. Preferably in Europass format (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae).
    • Official proof of language abilities, where applicable:
      • English: Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1st & 2nd Semester), University College Dublin (1st & 2nd Semester), Uppsala universitet (1st & 2nd Semester), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (1st & 2nd Semester), Uniwersytet Warszawski (1st & 2nd Semester), L'Università ta Malta (1st & 2nd Semester),Universidad de Deusto  (2nd Semester)
      • Only provide certification for French if you are applying for: Aix Marseille Université (1st & 2nd Semester)
      • Only provide certification for Spanish if you are applying for : Universidad de Deusto (1st Semester)
    • Two Reference letters (in English). These must be written on official letterhead paper and signed in original ink (no electronic signatures).
      • Please note that family members may not serve as referees. You may submit two academic references, two professional references, or one of both. Where possible, both an academic and professional reference is preferable. The letters have to be dated, and cannot have been written longer than 1 year prior to the date on which candidates submit their application.
    • 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)
    Timeline:
    The timeline differs for those applying for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and those applying as a self-financing student. 

    Applications for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship:
    1 October, 2020: Opening of the call for all applications to the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the 2021-2023 cohort.
    15 December, 2020, 23.59pm GMTDeadline for Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications
    - Ineligible candidates will be informed about their status at the beginning of January 2021 and will have 7 days from the moment they receive notification, to submit an appeal.
    - Selected candidates will be notified once the Selection Committee has evaluated all candidatures and the final student list has been adopted, in March.
    - 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 March. Rejected candidates may appeal to the Joint Admissions Board within 7 days from the receipt of the decision notice.

    Self-funding applications:
    1 October, 2020: Opening of the call for all applications to the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the 2021-2023 cohort.
    15 April, 2021: Central application deadline for all ordinary candidates.
    August 2021: Selected and non-selected self-funding candidates will receive official joint notification. However, most universities will contact their selected candidates beforehand. Due to a high number of applications, this date has been changed to August 2021 instead of July 2021. 

    Joint Selection Procedure:
    Erasmus Mundus scholarship applicants
    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 a few weeks after the application submission deadline and after evaluation of all eligible applications. 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 within 7 days of receiving notification.  
     
    Final results of successful and unsuccessful candidates can only be released by the end of March 2021.
    The selection results will be sent to candidates by email.

    Procedure of Appeal
    Rejected candidates may appeal to the Joint Admissions Board within seven days 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.

    Important! In the case of applications considered ineligible, please note that the procedure of appeal is not an opportunity to submit documents that should have been included in the application. No additional documents will be accepted at this stage.
     
    The Appeal Form can be downloaded from this link and must be sent to the NOHA Consortium at the following address: nohamasters@deusto.es. Please mention in the message subject: Request for Appeal of Dismissal. Any appeal will be considered with particular attention.

    Self-funding applicants
    Each university evaluates the applications of self-funding applicants that have applied to the university as their first choice home university. The university selects their own candidates based upon their own national criteria and procedures. The Master Secretariat compiles a joint network student list which is adopted by all universities to clarify mobility paths. 

    Students who are not selected by their first choice of home university may be selected by their second or third choice universities or may be asked if their application can be passed along to another university. 

    Final results of successful and unsuccessful candidates can only be released in July 2021, although most universities will contact their selected students beforehand. 

    The selection results will be sent to candidates by email. For specific questions on applying as a self-funding student, applicants should directly contact the coordinator at their first choice home university. 
  • Erasmus Mundus Opportunities

    What is the Erasmus+ Scholarship for NOHA?
    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 renewed its support to the NOHA master’s for a period of 4 years, including scholarships funding for 3 course editions, the first one starting in September 2018.

    In July 2020, the NOHA Master was once again selected as an Erasmus Mundus programme and will continue to offer Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the next 4 editions, starting with the 2021-23 cohort.


    Who is Eligibile for the Erasmus+ Scholarship?
    For the first course edition, starting in September 2021, 15 scholarships will be funded by the European Union; 5 are targeted to students from Programme Countries*, and 10 are targeted to students from Partner countries.
     
    In addition, there are somescholarships available for each of the following groups of partner countries: 
    - Western Balkans – 1 scholarship
    - ENI EAST (Region 2) – 1 scholarship
    - ENI South (Region 3) – 1 scholarship
    - Asia – LDC countries (Region 6: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal) – 1 scholarship
    - Asia – remaining countries (Region 6: China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam) – 1 scholarship
    - Central Asia – L-LMI countries – 1 scholarship
    - Central Asia – Remaing countries – 1 scholarship
    - Latin America LMI countries (Region 8: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay) – 1 scholarship
    - Latin America – Brazil and Mexico – 1 scholarship
    - Latin America – remaining countries (Region 8: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruquay, Venezuela) – 1 scholarship
    - South Africa – 1 scholarship
    - ACP countries (Region 11) – 1 scholarship

    * 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.
     
    What does the Erasmus+ scholarship cover?
    Contribution toward Participation costs:
    These will depend on the citizenship of applicants taking the 12 months rule into account.
    Programme country citizens will receive up to €4,500 per year contribution.
    Partner country students who are not residents and have not studied, trainined or worked for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any programme country will receive up to €9,000 per year.
    Partner country students who are residents or have studied, trainined or worked for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any programme country will receive up to €4,500 per year contribution.
     
    Contribution to travel costs:
    Scholarship amounts for travel depend on the place of residence by the deadline of the student scholarship application.
    Programme Country student: €1,000 per year
    Partner Country Student: 
    1. €2,000 per year if residence is less than 4,000km from EMJMD coordinator.
    2. €3,000 per year if residence is 4,000km or more from EMJMD coordinator.
    Contribution to installation costs:
    Scholarship amounts for installation depend on the place of residence by the deadline of the student scholarship application.
    A contribution to installation costs is offered only to students that are residents in a Partner Country (€1,000 per intake). It is an incentive to help covering the additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc.
     
    Living Allowance:
    €1,000 per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (up to 24 months) for both Programme and Partner Country Students.
    Programme Country & Partner CountryStudents: €1,000 per month
    Students will not get any monthly allowance when in country of residence.
    Students will only get a maximum 3 months allowance when in any Partner Country.


    How do I apply for the Erasmus+ Scholarship?
    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.

    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. Only candidates who have graduated before the application deadline are eligible to apply for an EM scholarship. A completed application must have been received by the deadline indicated (15 December).

    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.

    Applicants who do not comply with the application instructions, for example by failing to submit one or more requested documents or by submitting them in the wrong mode or format, will be considered ineligible

    What additional documentation do I need to apply for the Erasmus+ scholarship?
    Proof of nationality: Applicants with multiple nationalities must decide during the application with which nationality they are applying.
    Proof of place of residence: This must show where the applicant is living at the time of application. To be verified on the basis of the provision of the residence-related documentslisted in the PRADO website. For example:
    • a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality’s 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 municipality certificate must be submitted in Dutch, English, French, German, Maltese, Polish, Spanish or Swedish;
    • 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; work/training/study certificates must be submitted in English, otherwise a certified English translation must be provided with the original.
    • A document confirming the applicant´s place of residence issued by a notary (in English) is also acceptable
    • Any eligible document submitted as proof of residence must have been issued within 12 months of the Consortium´s application Erasmus Mundus scholarship application deadline.

    How do I know if I'm a Partner or Programme country applicant?
    Applicants who are citizens of Erasmus+ Programme countries count as Programme country students.
    Applicants who are citizens of Partner countries and are not residents or Programme countries and have not studied, trained or worked for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme country are considered as Partner country students.
    Applicants who are citizens of a Partner country but are residents or Programme countries or have studied, trained or worked for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme country are considered as Programme country students.​

    The 12-months residency rule does no 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.

    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.

    What opportunities for funding exist for those not pursuing a masters degree?
    The NOHA Consortium will award scholarships to four different invited scholars and/or guest lecturers for a total minimum of eight weeks in the 2019-2021, 2020-2022 editions of the programme.

    The main aim of the grants is to invite scholars and guest lecturers holding an outstanding academic and/or professional profile from different world regions to train our students on anthropology and intercultural aspects of humanitarian action and particularly effective local humanitarian responses. This will enhance students’ understanding of how to respond and address local needs adequately in different complex emergencies. Invited scholars’ involvement is expected to bring added value to each student intake in terms of student-centred, teaching/lecturing and research activities, Master thesis support, academic and/or professional networking, etc.
     
    Scholars' mobility is considered eligible between NOHA delivering universities and from partner universities and organisations. Invited scholars and guest lecturers may also come from an organisation outside the Consortium in case such mobility is clearly linked to the Master course. Scholar/guest lecturer paid by other EU funding schemes (including other Erasmus+ actions) cannot be considered eligible.
     
    The deadline for the next round of applications is 31 May 2021. Applications should be made using the Guest Scholar Application Form and sent by email to nohamasters@deusto.es with the subject heading "Invited Scholars/Guest Lecturers Application".

    More details (announcement 2020)
    Guest Scholar Application Form
  • Documents


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Admissions for

Year 2021-2023:
https://apply.nohanet.org

EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINES:
University of Warsaw - August 10th
University College Dublin - August 15th

Due to a high volume of applications, the final student selection announcements will take place in August 2021 instead of July as initially planned.

 

Programme structure


Questions?
Contact us at:
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NOHA universities

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Action

  • 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

FAQ

  • How will my personal data be handled vis-a-vis the EU?

    Please be informed that if you are selected (proposed for a scholarship/fellowship, put on the reserve list or enrolled on a self-paying basis) your data may be used for the purposes of evaluating the programmes, efficiently manage the projects, and producing statistics. Data could be made available to the EACEA, the European Commission, the European External Action Service staff, as well as to other stakeholders of the Erasmus+ programme, such as Erasmus+ National Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association.
    For more details on EACEA Provisions for the processing of personal data, see this link.
  • 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 have 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, you should also make sure that your knowledge of French is good enough (min. C1) to study a Master's degree.

    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).
  • 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 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: nohamasters@deusto.es and we will upload them onto your application form.

    Please note that the above procedure does not apply to applicants for E+ scholarships who HAVE TO submit a full documentation as specified in the requirements before the announced deadline.
  • 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 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.

    Please note that the above procedure does not apply to applicants for E+ scholarships who HAVE TO submit a full documentation as specified in the requirements before the announced deadline.
  • Are there any scholarships available for the Masters course?

    For the 2020-21 academic year, there are 26 Erasmus+ scholarships available. For details see above.
    Additionally, most European countries and most of NOHA universities have their 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 does not facilitate the scholarship procedures.

    A. Wilhelm Klein-Stiftung
    Alexander von Humboldt
    Alfred Töpfer-Stiftung
    Avicenna-Studienwerk
    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 
    Colfuturo
    Compagnia di San Paolo 
    Canuswerke
    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
    Deutschlandstipendium
    DIKTI scholarships for Indonesian Lecturers
    Dr. Arthur Pfungst-Stiftung
    Dr. Jost-Henkel-Stiftung
    e-fellows
    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-Ebert-Stiftung
    Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung
    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
    Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung
    Hans Böckler Stiftung
    Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
    International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
    International Scholarships
    Japan/World Bank Scholarship
    JASSO
    Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst
    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
    Kölner Gymnasial- und Stitungsfonds
    The Kościuszko Foundation
    La Caixa Foundation
    Leonardo da Vinci Stipendium
    Mawista
    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 
    PROMOS
    Reemtsma Begabtenförderungswerk
    Robert Bosch Stiftung
    Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
    Rotary International District 5960
    Scholarship-Database
    Scholarship Information Search
    Scholarshipportal
    Scholarship providers
    Scholarships Times
    Stefan Batory Foundation
    Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
    Stiftung zur Förderung des Bildungssystems
    Stipendienlotse
    Stipendiumplus
    Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
    SU Scholarships
    TOEFL Scholarship program
    International Visegrad Fund
    WEBB scholarship
  • What are the Programme Countries?

    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.
  • What are the Partner Countries?

    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'. For details, see this link.
  • 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 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: www.enic-naric.net.
  • 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 (nohamasters@deusto.es) 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 2MB.
     
    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 fourth 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 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 Itxaso Elizondo Marañón, nohamasters(at)deusto.es, tel. +34 944 139 000 (ext 2379)
    [9:00-14:00]

    (2) For issues specific to a particular university of your choice:
    • Aix-Marseille Université, NOHA Coordinator
      Dr Rossitza Barakova, rossitza.barakova(at)univ-amu.fr, +33 44 217 2591
    • L'Università ta' Malta, NOHA Coordinator
      Mr Joseph Debono, joseph.m.debono(at)um.edu.mt, +356 2340 2340
    • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Ingrid Sennema, noha(at)rug.nl, +31 50 363 2420/6050
    • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Ronja Huesmann, noha(at)rub.de, +49 234 3228258
    • Universidad de Deusto, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Maite Segesta, noha(at)deusto.es, +34 944 139 102
    • University College Dublin, NOHA Coordinator
      Mr Desire Mpanje, noha.dublin(at)ucd.ie, +353 1 716 7608
    • Uniwersytet Warszawski, NOHA Coordinator
      Ms Agata Przyborowska, a.chuda(at)wpia.uw.edu.pl, +48 22 55 24 367
    • Uppsala universitet, NOHA Coordinator
      Mr Cameron Ross, noha(at)teol.uu.se, +46 18 471 2236
  • 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

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