Rotary Foundation Global Scholarships and Training Grants for International Development

Rotary Foundation Grants

Course(s) Offered: Any six areas of focus
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd), Projects, Training
Provider: The Rotary Foundation
Country to Study in: Any Country

Scholarship Description
Beginning from 2013-14 and onwards, the Rotary Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through the Rotary Foundation Global Grants only. The former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program ended in 2012-13, and the new Rotary Foundation Global Grants program (outlined below) commenced thereafter.

The Rotary Global Grants may be used (for Students, Projects and Vocations) to fund and support humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate academic studies, AND vocational training opportunities in any approved location in the world.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants

Eligibility/ General criteria
The Rotary Foundation District Grants and Rotary Foundation Global Grants support a wide variety of humanitarian and educational activities in local communities and abroad.

Applicants may NOT be:
  1. a Rotarian;
  2. an employee of a club, district, or any other Rotary entity, or of Rotary International;
  3. the spouse, a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood) of any person in the forgoing two categories.
Applicants must study outside of their home country. Applicants must provide proof of university admission to a graduate-level program or letter of invitation to conduct postgraduate-level research when applying for the grant. Admission that requires a guarantee of financial support is acceptable. An applicant’s previous work or volunteer experience, academic program, and career plans should be strongly aligned with one of the six areas of focus.

Activities under Global grants should align with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus, must be sustainable and measurable (i.e. ‎How will a scholar’s studies support one or more of the areas of focus?), and should stem from real community needs.

For complete eligibility criteria, please refer to the scholarship page of the Rotary Club/District’s where you intend to apply.

Eligible groups
Non-members of Rotary sponsored/nominated by a Rotary Club OR Members of Rotary Clubs in Selected Districts (found in about 70 countries)

Participating Institutions
Any approved University located in a qualifying country, outside of the applicant’s home country

Fields of study
Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
Number of awards
Not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
Academic studies for a term of one to four academic years

Scholarship benefits
The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000.

The scholarship can fund the following:
Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board, Household supplies, Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills). Most personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship funding.

Generally, the Global grants may be used for:
  1. Humanitarian projects: provided that they:
    • Support the goals of one or more of the areas of focus
    • Produce measurable outcomes in the benefiting community
    • Achieve results that can be sustained after the grant funds have been expended
    • Have been developed in conjunction with the benefiting community to address their most pressing needs
    • Seek to address community needs in an integrated manner
  2. Scholarships funding for academic studies: provided that they:
    • Fund graduate-level study that relates to one or more of the areas of focus
    • Fund studies for a term of one to four academic years
    • Sponsor the academic studies of an individual traveling from the international sponsor district to the host sponsor district
  3. Vocational training opportunities: support vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals traveling abroad to either learn more about their profession or teach local professionals about a particular field.
Method of Application
The application involves a two-step online process: a Proposal and an Application.

You can contact the Rotary clubs in your respective local areas/countries (using the Rotary Club Locator) to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant. Scholars must submit individual applications to supplement the overall grant application. Each Rotary Club/District might have its own specific timeline.

It is important to read the 'Rotary Grants Terms and Conditions' (available on the official website) and visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete details on how to apply for the global scholarship grants.

Each Rotary Club/District might have its own specific timeline. Thus, Rotary Foundation Global Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but applications should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing.

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: Rolling (varies / ongoing)
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

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  1. I got a place in Canada in humber college. I am desperate fr such a scholarship. I am in Zimbabwe. what can I do coz i cant pay my education but i love help

    1. Hello @Annonymous,
      If you're desperate for such a scholarship as the "Rotary Global Grants", then you must follow their own rules.
      If you're a non-Rotary member, simply contact a Rotary Club near you, BUT if you're a Rotary member, just apply as in the post above.

      NOTE: It states clearly above that:
      -- You must be a member of any rotary club/district in order to apply for the study grant.
      -- Non-members can contact Rotary clubs in their respective countries (see contact below) to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant.

      Please read the 'Method of Application' above carefully. All the best!

  2. I have been accepted to study for a masters in environmental policy and sustainable development at SciencesPo in France. Is that in line with the Rotary's areas of focus?

    1. I assume it should be but please confirm from Rotary

  3. Hi Dear,
    I got a PHD offer in a UK University and it's main aim falls within the focus area of the Rotary scholarship. I need this kind of scholarship or grant for a field work. I have started the course and at the beginning stage. Am I still eligible for the scholarship? Thank you

    1. @faith you should be eligible for this award; but you will need to contact the Rotary clubs in your respective local areas/countries using the Rotary Club Locator link provided above. Best of luck!

  4. Kudos to you!
    I have actually been given an dmission into The Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands. However, it is very disheartening that the District Rotary Club and its authorities in my local area (Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria) are not supportive, adequately enough, as one would have thought.
    I therefore pray your assistance in whatever fashion. This admission means a lot to me and will not want to loose it. Help me and several others in my shoes, please.
    Thank you for the good works done so far, to help many talented youngsters achieve their great visions, and in anticipation of your favourable assistance to me.

  5. Hi Dears,
    I have been given an admission to study master's degree at Devry University its "Keller Graduate School of Management", Midtown campus in New York/USA but its not easy/impossible for me to sponsor myself and I didn't know these Rotary Club scholarships before I was just subscribed to scholarship wedsites that post in my email inbox that's how I have come to read that Rotary offers scholarships to international students from developing countries from Rwanda I don't know how this Rotary Club/district works, your assistance dears so that I would not miss this great opportunity for pursuing further studies moreover on a most developed continent like US where the university aim falls within the interested areas of the Rotary scholarships. I really need this scholarship or grant for my studies. I am to start the course on 29th Feb, 2016. is it possible Rotary Club can sponsor for my studies? Thank you for good work of the kind

    1. @Hannington, to apply to this scholarhip, you need to contact the Rotary club in your local area/country using the Rotary Club Locator. The link to this "locator" has been provided above. Goodluck!

  6. okay i need full details on the scholarships program