Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of Rotary’s peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
Eligibility Requirements:The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. The fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
- Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
- Excellent leadership skills
- Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
- Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background
Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. And the following people are not eligible for the master’s degree program:
- Active and honorary Rotary members
- Employees of a Rotary club or district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
- Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in these categories
- Former Rotary members and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of their resignation)
Two types of peace fellowships are available.
Rotary offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, Rotary award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (fact sheet)
- International Christian University, Japan (fact sheet)
- University of Bradford, England (fact sheet)
- University of Queensland, Australia (fact sheet)
- Uppsala University, Sweden (fact sheet)
Professional development certificate
- For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, rotary offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (fact sheet).
- This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.
- Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district.
- Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
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