Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The 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 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.
Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities.
- Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves.
- Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.
Rotary Peace Centers
Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Fellows can earn a master’s degree in international development policy from Duke or a master’s from various departments at the University of North Carolina. In addition, Fellows at both universities can earn a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from UNC.
International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
The ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is known for its interdisciplinary program and liberal arts approach. Fellows pursue a master’s degree in Peace Studies within the Department of Public Policy and Social Research.
Fellowship recipients may not study at a Rotary Peace Center in their home countries, other than candidates from Thailand, who may attend the center at Chulalongkorn University.
University of Bradford, Bradford, England
The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees related to peace, conflict, security, and development.
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies at the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs.
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a master’s degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to armed conflict and organized violence.
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
The professional development certificate is awarded to experienced leaders who complete the university’s intensive three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.
The Rotary Foundation offers a comprehensive funding package for all Rotary Peace Fellows. For master’s degree fellows, the
Foundation covers expenses related to tuition, room and board, travel to and from the peace center, AFE experiences, conferences,
and research. Professional certificate program fellows receive funding for expenses related to tuition, on-campus accommodation,
course materials, insurance, travel to and from the peace center, and field study experiences.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to the community and international service and the pursuit of peace.
Peace fellowship candidates must meet these requirements:
- Proficiency in English; a second language is strongly recommended
- Demonstrated commitment to international understanding and peace
- 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
Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. The following people are not eligible for the master’s degree program:
- Active 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 Global Grants Scholarships must wait three years after completing the scholarship to apply for Rotary Peace Fellowship programs.
Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program must wait three years 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.
Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.
- Review the application guidelines and check the eligibility requirements and restrictions.
- Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be asked to rank two centers you prefer.
- Prepare your application, including your resume/CV, essays, academic or professional recommendations, transcripts, and test scores. All materials must be in English. For certificate candidates, transcripts and scores are not needed.
- Contact your local Rotary district before submitting your application to request an interview. District endorsement is a required component of 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 recommendations are strongly encouraged but not required for candidates who have district support. *
- Before any interviews, submit your online application to your district by 31 May.
- Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsements to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
- Await notice of the selection results in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Center you will study.
- Apply for admission to the university where your Peace Center is located. Being selected for the fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.
*If an exceptional circumstance prevents your application from being considered by a district, you may be eligible for an alternative pathway to endorsement. Circumstances that may qualify for this option include, but are not limited to: not having a Rotary club in your country, district misinformation about the application process, and documented verification that the local district is unable to fulfill its endorsement duties. Additionally, if a candidate is from one of the following countries, they are eligible for an alternative pathway to endorsement: Cuba, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Niue, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Saint Helena, Syrian Arab Republic, Tokelau, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, or Yemen. If a district has vetted an application, interviewed the candidate, and determined they will not endorse the application, the candidate is not eligible for an alternative pathway to endorsement, nor will The Rotary Foundation consider their application. Candidates who would like to be considered for an alternative pathway to endorsement should select “I am requesting my application be considered for an alternative pathway to endorsement due to an exceptional circumstance” in the District field.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link