Rotary Peace Fellowships seek applications from individuals worldwide for the 2014/15 fellowships. The fellowship enables them to study at graduate and professional levels at Rotary Peace Centres in some selected institutions in UK, USA, Sweden, Australia, Thailand and Japan.
The fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank. Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of their peace centres.
Two types of peace fellowships are available:
Master’s degree: They offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15–24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Each year they award up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
- International Christian University, Japan
- University of Bradford, UK
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Uppsala University, Sweden
Professional development certificate: For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand is available. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study. And up to 50 certificates are awarded each year.
Worth of Awards :These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses.
Eligibility They select fellows from around the world, based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on the world. To be considered for a peace fellowship, they look for:
- A strong commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (at a minimum) with strong academic achievement
Relevant work experience:
- For master’s degree—3 years paid or unpaid
- For professional development certificate—5 years and current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position
- Proficiency in English for both fellowship types and in a second language for master’s degree
The following are not eligible for master’s degree fellowships. However, they may apply for the professional development program, but if selected, must pay for all costs associated with the program:
- Active and honorary Rotarians
- Employees of a Rotary club, Rotary district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
- Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in the categories above
- Former Rotarians and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of resignation)
Additionally, fellows in the professional development program or participants in Rotary’s former Ambassadorial Scholarships program must wait at least three years before they can apply for the master’s degree fellowship. Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program may not apply for the professional certificate program.
How to Apply
- To apply for a peace fellowship, download the application, complete the applicant portion, and submit it to a Rotary club or district for endorsement.
Deadline: The deadline for submitting applications to Rotary International is July 1,2014 while the deadline for submitting to a local club can vary (generally March–June).