Course(s) Offered: Any field (see below)
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Vocational studies
Provider: Rotary Foundation
Country to Study in: Any Country*
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program ended in 2013. Beginning 2013/14, The Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through district and global grants. This new grant structure gives Rotarians greater flexibility in sponsoring the next generation of leaders. See link to UPDATED POST below.
Rotary Foundation Scholarships and Training Grants
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program, the Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. It promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world.
The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture.
To be eligible:
- Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work, or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins.
- All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club. Applicants must initially apply through a Rotary club located in the area of their legal or permanent residence, or place of fulltime study or employment.
- Any applicant whose native language is not that of the proposed country of study must submit evidence of the ability to read, write, and speak the language of that country. Candidates must also pass a language proficiency exam determined by the Foundation.
- Persons with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Citizens of countries where there is a Rotary Club (in about 70 countries)
*Study or training must be undertaken in another country or territory where there are Rotary clubs. It cannot take place in the country of the sponsor Rotary district.
Although applicants are asked to list their preferred study locations, the Foundation Trustees reserve the right to make assignments to any suitable institution to ensure the widest possible geographical distribution of scholars. Candidates must be flexible in their study institution assignments.
Scholars will not be assigned to a city, state, or province where they have lived or studied for more than twelve months. As a result, these scholarships are not appropriate for students seeking to continue their studies at a given university.
Field(s) of study
Ambassadorial Scholarships may be used for almost any field of study but cannot be applied to unsupervised research, medical internships or residencies, or employment. Scholars planning to pursue medical studies are not permitted to engage in hands-on procedures or direct-care patient services during the scholarship period.
Number of awards
Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-10. Some Rotary districts may not offer scholarships. Applicants must check with their local club about availability.
The scholarship is for one regular academic year (usually nine months) of full-time study at an institution assigned by The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Because the scholarship is limited to one academic year, recipients may not be able to earn degrees or diplomas during the study period. The scholarship may also be used for vocational training.
The 2010-11 class of Ambassadorial Scholars received US$9.6 million through individual grants of $25,000. Since 1947, a total of $532 million has been awarded to 41,000 men and women.
These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies.
NOTE: Scholars must locate funds to cover all expenses that are not specifically financed by their scholarships or for which their scholarships are not sufficient. Scholarships will not be increased to cover spouses, dependents, or anyone other than the scholar.
Method of Application
Download the Ambassadorial Scholarships application form (PDF or Word). Inquire and submit the application form to your local club (see 'Contact' below). See more resource here: Ambassadorial Scholar Handbook (pdf).
Each scholar is responsible for applying directly to the assigned institution, gaining admission, obtaining required visas, and making travel arrangements Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club.
Application deadlines are set by individual Rotary clubs in accordance with the district deadline. Because timelines vary, only your local club can provide specific information about application deadlines. For 2012-13 awards, club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2011 or as late as 15 August 2011. Remember that availability varies by Rotary district. If your local district is not offering scholarships at this time, try inquiring next year.
Contact your local Rotary club to learn more about Rotary's scholarship opportunities.
Application Deadline: March - August each year
Open to International students: Yes
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