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“Tufts is a great place for practitioners to go and learn…a place that educates the next generation of leaders.”

– Abby Maxman, Oxfam America



The Feinstein International Center and Tufts University offer students and practitioners a variety of opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, and practical experience in humanitarian assistance and related fields. Our faculty teach at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. We are actively involved in mentoring and supporting the academic and field work of students and practitioners.

Feinstein Summer Grants Program


The Feinstein International Center annual summer grants program is designed to stimulate applied research in issues pertaining to complex emergencies, humanitarian assistance, refugees and other migrants, natural disasters, and food security. The grants are intended to support travel and living expenses. Funds cannot be used to cover salary, overhead, indirect costs, or the purchase of equipment. Grants are up to $3,000 for overseas positions and up to $2,000 for US-based positions.

The program is open to all students at Tufts University who have either a summer internship with an organization focused on humanitarian action, or an agreement to be hosted with such an organization while carrying out the research project. In either case, a confirming email from the organization should accompany the application.

How to apply:

Applications are due on Monday, March 9, 2020


  • Application form: download summer grant application 2020
  • Two to three page proposal that describes the research you will undertake
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two Tufts faculty members who know you well and agree to serve as references
  • Email from host organization
  • A list of all research methods courses you have taken and any training on research with human subjects you have completed. Please include dates of courses and trainings.
  • Email all materials in one zip file to

 Upon completion of the project, grant recipients are expected to:

  • Make a short presentation to Feinstein staff and faculty
  • Submit a three page report on their research capturing objectives, methodology, findings, analysis, conclusions and recommendations

Please contact Ann O’Brien with questions at

Degree Programs

Tufts University offers four graduate degrees or concentrations in humanitarian studies: the MS in Food and Nutrition Policy Programs (humanitarian assistance concentration); the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA); the MA in Law and Diplomacy (Humanitarian field); and the Center’s faculty also supervise PhD students at Tufts and other Universities.

Food and Nutrition Policy Programs                 (FANPP)


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FANPP is offered by the Friedman School. Students pursue a two-year M.S. through a multidisciplinary curriculum in nutrition science, statistics, economics, and food policy. Graduates of the program possess the skills and knowledge necessary to make an impact on food and nutrition programs and policies in the United States and around the world.


Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA)                      

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MAHA is a joint-degree program, offered by the Friedman and Fletcher Schools. It is geared towards mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance. Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social development.


Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)


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MALD is offered by the Fletcher School. A flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum allows students to choose from 22 fields of study within three divisions: International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge, skills, tools, and preparation needed to excel in a highly competitive global economy.


PhD Programs


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Our faculty supervise students in the PhD programs at Fletcher and Friedman Schools. We also supervise students in non-Tufts programs.





Humanitarian Education Courses at Tufts

Below are the core humanitarian courses at Tufts. Some of these are cross-listed between schools; some are specific to a given school. Some courses listed meet requirements for specific degree programs and others are part of broader fields of study that are directly applicable to humanitarian studies, which may be used as electives. Please consult your degree(s)-specific requirements and prerequisites before enrolling in any of these courses.

Course No. Course Name Offered Instructor
NUTR 0223 Seminar in Humanitarian Issues (MAHA only) Fall Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0229 Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies Fall Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0308 Nutrition in Emergencies Policies, Practice and Decision-Making Spring Erin Boyd
NUTR 0297 Directed Study – MAHA Capstone Project Spring Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0202 Principles of Nutrition Science Fall Diane McKay
NUTR 0207 Statistical Methods for Nutrition Science and Policy Fall Sean Cash
NUTR 0210 Survey Research in Nutrition Spring Beatrice Rogers
NUTR 0217 Monitoring and Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security Projects Spring Jennifer Coates
NUTR 0222* Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies *Cross-listed with Fletcher (DHP D232) Fall Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites
NUTR 0227 International Nutrition Programs Fall Erin Boyd
NUTR 0228 Community and Public Health Nutrition Fall Virginia Chomitz
NUTR 0231 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fall & Spring Paul Cote
NUTR 0238 Economics for Food Policy Analysis Spring William Masters
NUTR 0304  Nutrition, Food Security, and Development Fall Jennifer Coates
NUTR 0310  Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition Spring  TBD
NUTR 0324 International Humanitarian Response Spring Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0325 Evidence-based Interventions for Child Malnutrition Fall Irwin Rosenberg and Shibani Ghosh
NUTR 0329 Humanitarian Leadership: The Political and Policy Challenges of Being in Charge Spring Greg Gottlieb
DHP D220 Processes of International Negotiation Fall & Spring Eileen Babbitt, Diana Chigas, Nadim Rouhana and Rob Wilkinson
DHP D221 International Mediation (prerequisite D220 or equivalent) Spring Eileen Babbitt
DHP D223 Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution Fall Nadim Rouhana
DHP D231 Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies Spring Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites
DHP D235 Introduction to Research Methods Spring Karen Jacobsen
DHP D239 Forced Migration Spring Karen Jacobsen
DHP D240 Children, Violence, Protection and Resilience Spring Dyan Mazurana
DHP  P220 Understanding Mass Atrocities Spring Bridget Conley-Zilkic
DHP  P222 Development Aid in Practice Fall Rob Wilkinson
DHP  P225 Design & Monitoring of Peacebuilding and Development Programming August Pre-Session Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church
DHP  P226 Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development for Practitioners and Donors January Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church
DHP  P297 Engaging Human Security Spring Kimberly Theidon and Dyan Mazurana
DHP  P298 Conflict in Africa Fall Alex de Waal
EIB    B241 Financial Inclusion: A Method for Development Spring Kim Wilson
EIB    B243 Market Approaches to Development Spring Kim Wilson
ILO   L210 International Human Rights Law Fall Hurst Hannum
ILO   L216 International Humanitarian Law Fall John Cerone
ILO   L224 Peace Operations Spring Ian Johnstone
CEE 159 Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Design Spring Daniele Lantagne
Directed Study Famine, Livelihoods and Resilience: Food Security Analysis and Response in Crisis and Crisis-Prone Contexts Spring Contact Dan Maxwell
Non-Degree Programs for Practitioners

Practitioner in Residence Program


Recognizing the dynamic nature of relief work, the high turnover of staff, and the need for reflection and learning, we offer returning field workers the opportunity join the Center for four to twelve weeks. Practitioners in residence work with a faculty adviser to design an appropriate course of study.

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Ways for Students and Alumni to Get Involved

Groups for students and alumni

For anyone interested in Humanitarian Action:

  • Humanitarian Professionals LinkedIn Group: Whether you’re on assignment in Darfur or DRC, Sri Lanka or OCHA HQ, coordinating emergency relief operations, advocacy to governments, or backstopping an NGO or UN technical unit, this group should help you connect with others engaged in humanitarian response. Click here to request approval from the moderator to join.

For Current Tufts Students:

  • Humanitarian Action Society (HAS): works to engage the Fletcher and Friedman communities in issues surrounding humanitarian crises, responses, and work in the field.  The goal is to foster interest in and understanding of humanitarian action and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Events include, skills building workshops, guest speaker events, events coordinated with the MAHA program, cross-school mixers (with similar clubs at Harvard and MIT). To get involved, join the HAS Trunk page by logging into Trunk, clicking on “Membership,” then “Joinable Sites,” search for “Humanitarian Action Society,” and click join.

For Tufts Alumni:

  • MAHA Alumni Group: To keep individuals who have completed the MAHA program connected. Please click here to request to join the group on LinkedIn

Useful listservs and other resources

  • The Field Exchange is a technical publication on nutrition in emergencies that provides a platform to capture and rapidly “exchange” humanitarian programming experiences. On the site you will find research, evaluations, news, and technical views. They are often looking for articles. Check their website to gather information and/or learn how to submit an article.
  • InsideNGO is a global association of over 300 international relief and development organizations who share operational expertise, insights, and leading practices to better sustain organizations and support essential missions in a changing world. Sign up for their emails to get regular updates skill development opportunities.
  • Devex is a membership organization that aggregates news, jobs, business intelligence, and funding opportunities for international development professionals. You can sign up for their newsletter here.