May 7, 2014

Rotary Peace Fellowships for International students

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, certificate)
Provider: Rotary Foundation
Country to Study in: Several countries

Scholarship Description
Rotary started in 1905 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.

Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study 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 following apply:
  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • A bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience as a minimum, with strong academic achievement
  • A minimum of three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master’s degree) or five years’ relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
  • Proficiency in a second language (master’s degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
  • Strong leadership skills
Eligible groups
Citizens of any country of the world

Participating Institutions
Affiliated institutions include:
Fields of study
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

Sponsorship duration
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.

Scholarship benefits
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.

Each district must set its own deadline for clubs to submit applications to the district selection committee. 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 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.

Individuals who previously participated in the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, or were Peace Fellows in the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, are required to wait a minimum of three full years before applying for a master's degree fellowship.

Individuals who participated in the Rotary Peace Centers master's degree program are not eligible for the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University.

Rotary started 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.

Application Deadline: 1 July 2014
Open to International students: Yes

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