Rotary World Peace Fellowship
WHAT ARE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS?
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our 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.
Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where our alumni are creating positive change.
Two types of peace fellowships are available.
We 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, we 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, we 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.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Our 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)
Recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships or professional development certificate fellowships must wait three years after completion of the scholarship or fellowship to apply for the master's degree program.
Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master's degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program.
- US Citizen
- Permanent Resident
Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration. Find complete information about the process in the application and frequently asked questions document.
- Read the entire application before you begin.
- Thoroughly research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers.
- Master's degree applicants: Collect all academic transcripts, test scores, and any other documents required by preferred universities as noted on the fellowship application. All supplementary materials must be in English. Certificate applicants: Academic transcripts or scores are not needed.
- Inform your local Rotary district that you are applying for a peace fellowship, and request an interview. District endorsement is required to complete the application process. TIP: Your local Rotary club can help you connect with your district. Use Club Finder to locate the club nearest you. Club interviews and endorsements are strongly encouraged but not required for applicants who have district support.
- Prior to interviews, fill out the application form, attach the required supplementary materials (test scores, academic or professional recommendations, essays), and submit them to your Rotary district no later than 31 May.
- Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
- Receive notice of selection results in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will receive the name of the Peace Center where you will study.
- Apply for admission to the university where you will study. Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.
Get more information at https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/exchange-ideas/peace-fellowship-application
The 2022-23 application will be available in February, 2021