Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholarship for Middle-Low Income Countries in UK 2021

The Rotary Foundation is inviting applications for its Rotary Graduate Scholarship Programme for middle-low income countries in the UK for the 2021/2022 academic session.

The Rotary Scholarship programme is one of the largest privately funded scholarship programmes in the world. In 2017 Rotary International celebrated 70 years of the scholarship programme.  In the last 15 years, this District has supported over 200 Scholars on either the former “Ambassadorial” scheme or the current Global Grant scheme.

The majority of these have studied within their District and been funded by their home Rotary Clubs and Districts, but District 1090 has also funded one scholar each year (and very occasionally two scholars) to study overseas or in their District. Scholarships can be for a single year, or for up to four years, of academic graduate full-time study. The scholarship may not be used for unsupervised research, medical internship or residency, or for full-time employment.

Worth of Award

  • These scholarships are each for USD 30,000 with one for study at Brunel University and one for study at Reading University.
  • Once the scholarship is awarded, the sponsoring Rotary Club will be responsible for managing the funds.
  • Both the Club and the Scholar are required to submit reports to the Rotary Foundation.
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This scholarship is for students from outside the UK, who are planning to take up a place on a graduate course within District 1090. To be eligible:

  • Applicants must be from (a citizen of or long term resident of) a low to a middle-income country, as defined by the UK Government’s Department of International Development, or the World Bank or other similar organisation.

Applicants must have been offered a place to study at the GIIDAE, Reading University on one of the following full-time one-year graduate course in the academic year 2021/22.

  • MSc Food Security and Development,
  • MSc Applied International Development

The planned university course must fit under one or more of Rotary’s Areas of Focus.

  • Rotarians are not eligible to apply. Applicants may not be related to a Rotarian (partner, child or grandchild of a current Rotarian or someone who has been a Rotarian in the last three years). Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and this fits with the rule that Rotarians and their families may not be beneficiaries of a Global Grant.

How to Apply

  • This is a two-stage application process.  This Scholarship is awarded by Rotary Foundation central offices in the USA, but must first be endorsed by Rotary District 1090.
  • Applicants should complete the online application form and submit this before the deadline
  • Applications will be evaluated by a committee representing the Rotary District 1090 Foundation Committee, and short-listed applicants will be requested to attend an interview (by Skype) in mid-May 2021.
  • A preferred applicant and runner-up will be selected for the scholarship.
  • Applicants will be required to provide evidence of acceptance from the University of their choice before the scholarship is awarded.
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Deadline: Application closes at 5 pm, April 9, 2021.


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