Rotary Foundation


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 our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.

Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. Two types of peace fellowships are available.

Master’s degree

Rotary International offers master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15-24 months and require a practical internship of 2-3 months during the academic break. Each year Rotary awards up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:

• Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
• International Christian University, Japan
• University of Bradford, UK
• University of Queensland, Australia
• Uppsala University, Sweden
• Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Professional development certificate
For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, Rotary offers a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2-3 weeks of field study. Rotary International awards up to 50 certificates each year.

Is a peace fellowship right for me?

Rotary selects fellows from around the world, based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on the world.

To be considered for a peace fellowship, we look for all listed below:
* A strong commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academis achievements and personal and community service.
* A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (at a minimum) with strong academic achievement
   * Relevant work experience:
   * For master’s degree – 3 years paid or unpaid
   * For professional development certificate – 5 years and current full time employment in a mid-to upper-level position.
* Proficiency in English for both fellowship types and in a second language for master’s degree.

What are the restrictions?
The following are not eligible for master’s degree fellowships. However, they may apply for the professional development program, but if selected, must pay for all costs associated with the program:

* Active and honorary Rotarians
* Employees of a Rotary club, Rotary district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
* Spouses, lineal descendants (childen, grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in the categories above.
* Former Rotarians and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of resignation)

Additionally, fellows in the professional development program or participants in Rotary’s former Ambassadorial Scholarships program must wait at least three years before they can apply for the master’s degree fellowship.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program may not apply for the professional certificate program.

How can I apply?
To apply for a peace fellowship, download the application, complete the applicant portion, and submit it to the District Foundation Chair:

District Foundation Chair
Linda Puchbauer
P.O. Box 248
Jackson, MO 63755

Applications to clubs by March 31, 2021

Club Interview date to be provided by mid April, 2021

District interview – late April 2021 – Virtually

All complete district-endorsed applications must reach Rotary International by July 1, 2021

Rotary International interview dates to be determined by The Rotary Foundation

Peace Fellow Application – PDF

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