The Rotary Foundation is inviting applications for its Rotary Graduate Scholarship Programme for middle-low income countries in the USA for the 2019/2020 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

  • This scholarship is for USD 30,000.
  • 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.


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) a low to middle-income country, as defined by the UK Government’s Department of International Development.
  • Applicants must have been offered a place, or expect to receive an offer of a place to study on a graduate course in the academic year 2019/20. Applicants must expect to be in receipt of an offer by April 2019
  • The planned university course must fit either under Rotary’s first Areas of Focus “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution” or the sixth Area of Focus “Economic and Community Development”.
  • Applicants must be planning to study at a university within Rotary District 1090. This covers Brunel, Bucks New, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, and Reading Universities.
  • Applicants must be planning to start on a new course in the academic year 2019/20, ie this scholarship will not be awarded to a student about to move into year two of a two-year graduate course.
  • The scholarship will be awarded either in the area of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution or Economic and Community

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 or in person) in mid-April 2019.
  • 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.


Deadline: Application closes at 5 pm, March 31, 2019.


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