To accomplish its mission of offering holistic training to humanitarian aid workers around the world, the CIHC offers financial support to humanitarians in pursuit of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA). 

In the past year alone, we have funded over ninety humanitarians from thirty-eight different countries. These humanitarians continue to respond to complex emergencies across the world.

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 CIHC and IIHA 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.

To learn more, contact us.

If you are an Italian citizen currently working within the humanitarian field, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Fondazione Marco Besso. This foundation typically grants several scholarships to the IDHA each year. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please email a CV and cover letter to the IIHA at and specify that you are seeking a scholarship from the Fondazione Marco Besso. The Fondazione does not accept any direct scholarship requests.


The CIHC is also proud to offer a small number of other scholarships that cover up to fifty percent of the total cost of selected programs. These scholarships do not cover the cost of transportation, nor can they be deferred or transferred to other courses.

Please contact us to see if you are eligible for a potential scholarship.