The Rotary Foundation invites applications for the Global grants to fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years in 2021.
A key feature of global grants is the partnership between the district or club in the study location (host sponsor) and the district or club in the scholar’s home country (international sponsor). Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application.
Global grant scholars plan to pursue a career in an area of focus, and their graduate-level educational goals should support this career interest. Pursuing a career in an area of focus means the scholar has a long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change. Be sure that a candidate’s previous work or volunteer experience, academic program, and career plans are strongly aligned with one of the six areas of focus.
Consider working with universities to identify potential scholars (for example, outstanding graduates of a water engineering program who are seeking funding for graduate study in that field). Universities can also connect local Rotary clubs with international students who have been accepted into their graduate programs that are relevant to a particular area of focus.
Worth of Award
- The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000.
- The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $400,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash, and the World Fund matches the amount — 100 percent for DDF and 50 percent for cash.
- DDF is drawn from the fund for the year in which the application is approved.
Through global grants, Rotarians can support future leaders in fields related to the areas of focus:
- Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Community economic development
Beyond confirming a candidate’s eligibility, the interview enables them to determine whether the candidate has:
- Excellent leadership skills and potential
- A proven record of success in his or her academic field or vocation
- A commitment to community service
- Well-defined and realistic goals
- Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field
- Sincerity about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period
How to Apply
- Clubs and districts must be qualified before they can apply for global grants. The host and the international sponsor will each appoint a grant committee consisting of at least three Rotarians.
- Global grant applications are submitted at www.rotary.org/grants. The sponsor clubs or districts create the initial application, and the scholar candidate then completes the scholar profile in the Grant Center
- The candidate should wait to create a My Rotary account on Rotary.org until after his or her name and email address have been added to the application by the host or international sponsor.
- If the language of the host sponsor country differs from that of the international sponsor country, the application should be completed in each language. If necessary, the candidate can be asked to help translate correspondence between the host and international sponsors. However, he or she should not be asked to identify, or initiate communication with, a host sponsor district or club.
- The Foundation has a translated form letter available that may help you make contact with a potential host sponsor.
- Candidates must provide proof of university admission at the time of application.
- Conditional admission is only acceptable when the school requires a financial guarantee or completion of undergraduate degree, and it is not acceptable if admission is contingent on improvement in a language score.
Deadline: Applications for scholars who will begin studies in August, September, or October must be submitted to Foundation by June 30. The rest of the year, global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Submit applications at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing.