Deadline: 1 July 2012
Open to: Holders of at least Bachelor’s degree or min. 3 year of experience
Fellowship: Tuition and fees, accommodation, travel
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. Fellows earn a master’s degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies.
Alumni work in a variety of areas, including grassroots and local nongovernmental organizations, national governments, the military, law enforcement, and bilateral and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Organization for Migration, and Organization of American States. Graduates of the Rotary Peace Centers program also benefit from the support of a worldwide network of more than 500 alumni committed to building peace.
Through the Rotary Peace Centers program and The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians can increase their effectiveness in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples, leading to world understanding and peace.
Learn about the Rotary Peace Centers
- Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (professional development center)
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
- Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina (NOTE: The Rotary Foundation Trustees will no longer be accepting applications for this program after the 2010-12 class.)
- University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Rotary Peace Fellowships fund either master’s degree or professional development certificate study at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution at eight universities worldwide.
- Fellowship funding includes
- Tuition and fees
- Room and board
- Round-trip transportation
- Internship (master’s degree) or field study expenses (professional development certificate)
Rotary Peace Fellows must locate funds to pay for all expenses that are not specifically funded by their fellowship, such as mandatory health insurance (excluding the certificate program, which covers this expense) and visas.
Applicants can choose from two Rotary Peace Fellowship options:
Master’s Degree Option
- Six centers, seven universities
- 15- to 24-month course
- Study timelines differ according to each university’s schedule
- Up to 10 new fellows at each center each year; up to 60 fellows per year
- Two- to three-month practical internship during summer break
- Building the leaders of tomorrow
- One center, one university
- 3-month course
- Two sessions per year (January-April and June-August)
- Up to 25 new fellows in each session; up to 50 fellows per year
- Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum
- Strengthening the leaders of today
Applicants for a Rotary Peace Fellowship should have:
- A commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through their professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field, with strong grades at the time of application
- Minimum three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience for the master’s degree program
- Minimum five years’ relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position for the certificate program
- Proficiency in English and a second language for the master’s program or in English for the certificate program
- Excellent leadership skills
The following persons are ineligible for Rotary Peace Fellowships:
- a Rotarian or honorary Rotarian;
- an employee of a club, district, or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International;
- a spouse, lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or legal adoption), spouse of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parent or grandparent by blood) of any living person in the categories (1) or (2); and
- former Rotarians and their relatives as described above within 36 months of resignation.
Please note that a minimum of three years must pass between the date of completion of a candidate’s Ambassadorial Scholarship or professional development certificate at Chulalongkorn University, and the date of application for a Rotary Peace Fellowship (master’s degree). Candidates who have already received a Rotary Peace Fellowship (master’s degree) are not eligible to apply for the professional development certificate program.
Persons with disabilities and Rotaract members are eligible and encouraged to apply.
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 doesn’t have a Rotary club, try entering the names of nearby cities. You also can try searching for Rotary club websites. If you have difficulty finding or contacting a Rotary club in your area, contact Rotary Peace Centers staff for assistance.