Individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace can now apply for the 2014 Rotary Peace Fellowship.
Two types of fellowships are offered: a master’s degree program and professional development certificate program. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

  • Applicants from low-income countries may be eligible for reimbursement of any fees necessary to complete their application, such as required exam fees.
  • Please ask your Rotary sponsor district whether you would qualify for this assistance.
  • Rotary Peace Fellow finalists may apply to the Foundation directly for this reimbursement. This is in addition to the scholarship waivers.


  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Certificate program: Minimum five years of relevant work experience with full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position

Strong academic background

  • Master’s degree program: Minimum three years of combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Recipients of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship or a Rotary Peace Fellowship in the professional development certificate program cannot apply to the Rotary Peace Fellowship master’s degree program less than three years from completion of scholarship/fellowship
  • The professional development certificate program is not available to Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program.
  • Proficiency in English is required for all centers. While proof of proficiency in a second language is not required, you are  highly encouraged to list second language proficiency in the Summary of Language Ability section.

Applications submitted to The Rotary Foundation are required to be in English. Applications are made available on the Rotary Peace Centers home page on the RI website in multiple languages for local Rotary district purposes only

  • Applicants to the joint Rotary Peace Center at Duke-UNC are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores as this will increase their competitive chances regardless of university preference.
  •  Applicants to UNC must check each graduate school department’s individual score requirements.
    •  Applicants to the Master in Public Health program may be exempt if they hold an MD.
    • Applicants may submit either IELTS or TOEFL results; submitting both is not required for all centers
    • You must submit your application and all supplementary materials to a Rotary club, preferably a club near your legal or permanent place of residence, full-time study, or employment
    • Applicants cannot apply directly to The Rotary Foundation or to a Rotary Peace Center. You must apply through a Rotary club and district. If you are having difficulty finding a local club, email [email protected].
    • You should be prepared for personal interviews, which may be conducted by the Rotary club or district. Each Rotary district may forward as many applications as it deems qualified to The Rotary Foundation for consideration in a world-competitive selection process.

Written Essay
A written essay must be submitted with your application. Please include your name and the sponsor Rotary club’s name in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the essay. The essay should list and answer the following four questions.

  • Please highlight significant events in your life, including professional and volunteer experience, that have impacted your desire to work in the field of peace and conflict resolution. Include a summary of your principal interests and activities as it relates to your career goals.
  • Please highlight how you have taken on leadership roles during your academic and/or professional life. How have these leadership skills enhanced your community- and/or service-oriented work?
  • Please highlight your previous academic success, motivation, and interests in your chosen academic field. How does your academic training prepare you for this fellowship? If necessary, please explain any academic shortcomings.
  • Please provide a detailed statement of intent articulating your interest in a Rotary Peace Fellowship. You should describe your proposed area of concentration and explain why you have chosen the centers you rank first and second, including the specific course of study at those institutions. Please explain in detail how graduating from a Rotary Peace Center university relates to your career objectives, how your career objectives support world understanding and peace, and why your skills and background will enable you to contribute to the Foundation’s mission.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

  • You are required to submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae with your application form.

Recommendation Forms

  • You are required to submit three recommendations. They should be completed by persons familiar with your academic, professional, or volunteer/service activities and achievements. If you indicate a preference for the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, one of your three recommendations must be completed by your current employer. The recommendation forms are pages 7-12 of this application. Be sure to inform recommenders of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program’s purpose. Recommenders must personally sign the forms.

Transcripts and Test Scores

  • Please provide official transcripts (list of all courses taken and grades issued) from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. You must also provide score reports of any tests (e.g., Graduate Record Examination [GRE], Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL], International English Language Testing System [IELTS]) required by the centers you rank on page 3. You are responsible for checking with individual university admissions departments to determine the tests required for admission; please see the university partner websites for details. If you have registered for a required exam but have not yet taken the exam, you must show proof of registration with your application. Test scores must be received by The Rotary Foundation no later than 1 September. Test scores cannot be more than three years old. Applications sent to The Rotary Foundation without required test scores will not be considered.

You are to attach the following while applying:

  • Submit a complete application and make copies for your records.
  • Application form
  • Written essay answering four provided questions,
  •  Attached Résumé or CV, attached
  • Three recommendations
  • Undergraduate transcripts,
  • Attached TOEFL or IELTS scores,
  • attached (if applicable)
  • GRE scores, attached (if Duke-UNC is listed as a preference)
  • Applicant’s certification, signed and dated
  • Application form non-English (if applicable)

DEADLINE:  Application deadlines vary by club, so you must contact the club before you complete the application.
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