The Rotary Foundation is offering 100 fully funded academic fellowships for world-wide students. Two types of peace fellowships are available i.e. master and professional development certificate fellowships.
The fellowships are intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and to working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier academic scholarship of The Rotary Foundation, supporting Rotary’s mission to empower, educate, and increase the capacity of peacebuilders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities.
International applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: Score 100 or higher (600 on the paper-based test) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Score 7.0 or higher.
Fellows will earn a master degree at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in USA, International Christian University in Japan, University of Bradford in UK, University of Queensland in Australia and Uppsala University in Sweden or a professional development certificate at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Eligible Fields of Study
Fellowships are awarded in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention.
Value of Award
These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
Applicant Eligibility Criteria
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. 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
Nationality: Citizens from around the world are eligible for these Rotary Peace fellowships.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicant must have minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree.
English Language Requirement: International applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: Score 100 or higher (600 on the paper-based test) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Score 7.0 or higher.
Supporting Documents: The required components for complete application packet are as follows:-
Resume or curriculum vitae: All applicants are required to submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae, in English, with their application form. The document must include the months and years worked for every job, internship, or volunteer experience included.
Recommendation Form: All applicants are required to submit two recommendations. They should be completed by individuals familiar with the academic, professional, or volunteer/service activities and achievements of the applicant. They encourage applicants to inform recommenders of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program’s purpose. Recommenders must personally sign the forms.
Master’s degree program applicants are required to submit one professional recommendation and one academic recommendation.
Professional development certificate applicants are required to submit two professional recommendations, one of which must be completed by the applicant’s current employer.
How to Apply
Follow these steps to ensure that application receives consideration. Find complete information about the process in the application and frequently asked questions document.
- Read the entire application before beginning.
- Thoroughly research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers.
- Master’s degree applicants: Collect all academic transcripts, test scores, and any other documents required by preferred universities as noted on the fellowship application. All supplementary materials must be in English. Certificate applicants: Academic transcripts or scores are not needed.
- Inform local Rotary district that student is applying for a peace fellowship, and request an interview. District endorsement is required to complete the application process. TIP: Applicant’s local Rotary club can help them to connect with their district. Use Club Finder to locate the club nearest them. Club interviews and endorsements are strongly encouraged but not required for applicants who have district support.
- Prior to interviews, fill out the application form, attach the required supplementary materials (test scores, academic or professional recommendations, essays), and submit them to their Rotary district no later than 31 May.
- Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
- Apply for admission to the university where they will study. Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean they have been admitted to the university.
Application Deadline: The deadline for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.