The Rotary Peace Fellowships for the 2023-2024 term are comprehensive scholarships provided to international students pursuing master’s degree programs. These fully funded scholarships exclusively cater to master’s studies. The Rotary Peace Fellowships Program encompasses the coverage of tuition fees, accommodations, meals, transportation for the duration of the program, as well as all expenses associated with internships and field studies.
Every year, a maximum of 150 students are granted the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowships. These esteemed fellowships are specifically designed to support individuals in their pursuit of either a Professional Development Certificate Program or a Masters Degree Program, with a focus on fields related to peace, conflict resolution, and prevention.
Since its inception in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have successfully trained over 1,400 fellows. These accomplished individuals now hold positions of influence and leadership in a diverse range of sectors, including government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the military, education, law enforcement, and renowned international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. Their expertise spans across more than 115 countries, contributing significantly to the promotion of peace worldwide.
The Rotary Peace Fellowships are affiliated with various institutions:
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Japan
- University of Bradford, England
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Uppsala University, Sweden
- Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program)
- Makerere University, Uganda (certificate program)
Important Note: Please note that it is a crucial requirement for fellowship recipients not to pursue their studies at a Rotary Peace Center located in their home country. However, it is important to highlight an exception for candidates from Thailand, who are eligible to attend the center situated at Chulalongkorn University.
- Level of Study: Masters
- Institutions: Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), International Christian University (Japan), University of Bradford (UK), University of Queensland (Australia), Uppsala University (Sweden), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand – certificate program), Makerere University (Uganda – certificate program)
- Study Locations: USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda
- Program Period: 15 to 24 months for Master’s degree programs, 3-month Professional Development Certificate program
- Application Deadline: May 15, 2023 (annual)
- Number of Scholarships: Up to 50 fellowships for Master’s degree programs and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities are awarded each year.
- Opportunity Focus Areas: Peace, International development, and Leadership.
The Rotary Peace Fellowships cover the following expenses:
- Tuition and fees
- Room and board
- Round-trip transportation
- All internship and field-study expenses
The Rotary Peace Fellowships have specific requirements for applicants, which can be summarized as follows:
- Eligible Countries: Open to applicants from all countries around the world.
- Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is necessary, and proficiency in a second language is highly recommended.
- Leadership Skills: Excellent leadership abilities are required.
- Commitment to Peace and International Understanding: Strong dedication to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academic achievements, as well as personal or community service.
- Master’s Degree Applicants: Minimum of three years of relevant full-time work or volunteer experience, along with a bachelor’s degree.
- Certificate Applicants: Minimum of five years of relevant full-time work or volunteer experience, in addition to a strong academic background.
- Eligibility Quiz: Applicants are encouraged to take the eligibility quiz provided by the Rotary Peace Fellowships program.
Please note that the information provided here is a summary, and for detailed and accurate information, it is advisable to refer to the official Rotary Peace Fellowships guidelines and requirements.
How to Apply:
The steps and guidelines involved in applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships,
- Review the application guidelines and carefully review the eligibility requirements and restrictions.
- Conduct thorough research on the curriculum and programs offered at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be required to rank your preferences for two centers.
- Prepare your application materials, which include your resume/CV, essays, academic or professional recommendations, transcripts, and test scores. All documents must be in English. Note that transcripts and scores are not necessary for certificate candidates.
- Prior to submitting your application, reach out to your local Rotary district to request an interview. Obtaining a district endorsement is a mandatory part of the application process. It is recommended to connect with your local Rotary club, which can assist you in contacting the district. You can use the Club Finder tool to locate the nearest club. While club interviews and recommendations are strongly encouraged, they are not compulsory if you have district support.
- Submit your online application to your district before the deadline of May 15th.
- Participate in an interview with representatives from your district. Districts must submit their endorsements to The Rotary Foundation by July 1st.
- Await the selection results, which will be announced in November. If you are chosen as a fellowship recipient, you will be informed of the Peace Center where you will study.
- Apply for admission to the university affiliated with your designated Peace Center. It is important to note that being selected for the fellowship does not guarantee admission to the university.