Rotary International is accepting applications for the 2023-24 Rotary Peace Fellowship programme by the Rotary Peace Center. Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.
- Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
- Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.
Worth of Award
These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA: Fellows can earn either a Master in International Development Policy from Duke or a master’s degree in various departments from the University of North Carolina. In addition, Fellows at both Duke and UNC can earn a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from the University of North Carolina.
- International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan: The Department of Public Policy and Social Research offers master’s degrees in social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. Fellowship recipients may not study at a Rotary Peace Center in their home country, with the exception of candidates from Thailand, who may attend the centre 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.
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies in 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 conflict.
- Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand: The professional development certificate is awarded to experienced professionals who complete the university’s intensive three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Fellows are committed to the 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 of three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
- Certificate applicants: minimum of five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background
How to Apply
- 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 centres 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 the deadline
- 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.
Deadline: applications close May 15, 2022.