Rotary Peace Fellowships
Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, certificate)
Provider: Rotary Foundation
Country to Study in: Several countries
Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation?
Each year, through the Rotary Peace Fellowships, Rotary Foundation selects and funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study Certificate or Masters Degree programs related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at any one at its Rotary Peace Centers.
The Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution.
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
- Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
- Excellent leadership skills
- Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
- Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background
Citizens of any country (sponsored by their local Rotary Club or District)
Affiliated institutions include:
- Chulalongkorn University , Bangkok, Thailand (professional development center)
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , USA
- International Christian University , Tokyo, Japan
- University of Bradford , West Yorkshire, England
- University of Queensland , Brisbane, Australia
- Uppsala University , Uppsala, Sweden
Generally, all fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention.
Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
Number of awards
Each year, up to 110 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected, consisting of up to 60 master’s degree fellows and up to 50 professional development certificate fellows
Whole duration of program.
Master's degree has a 15- to 24-month course program. Study timelines differ according to each university’s schedule. There is a two- to three-month practical internship during summer break.
The Professional development certificate is a 3-month course of two sessions per year (January-April and June-August). There is a two to three weeks of field study incorporated into its curriculum.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship includes: tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, internship/field study expenses.
Method of Application
Interested candidates must apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary club. Use the Club Locator to find Rotary club contact information. If your hometown does not have a Rotary club, try entering the names of nearby cities. You also can try searching for Rotary club websites.
The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on application to this award.
Each district must set its own deadline for clubs to submit applications to the district selection committee. However, the general deadline for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May every year. District-endorsed Rotary Peace Fellowship applications are due to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July each year.
If you have difficulty finding or contacting a Rotary club in your area, contact Rotary Peace Centers staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Rotary started in 1905 with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris - a Chicago attorney who formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905.
It evolved as a member-organization where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Application Deadline: 31 May 2015
Open to International students: Yes
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