Rotary Peace Fellowships

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.

  • Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
  • Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.

Rotary Peace Centers are located at:

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

Eligibility

Peace fellowship applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Proficiency in English; a second language is strongly recommended
  • Demonstrated commitment to international understanding and peace 
  • 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

Restrictions:

Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. And the following people are not eligible for the master's degree program:

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

Application

Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  1. Review the application guidelines and check the eligibility requirements and restrictions below before applying. Read the entire application before you begin.
  2. Thoroughly research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers before starting your online application. You will be asked to rank the centers in order of importance.
  3. 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.
  4. Inform your local Rotary district that you are applying for a peace fellowship, and request an interview. District endorsement is required to complete the application process. TIP: Your local Rotary club can help you connect with your district. Use Club Finder to locate the club nearest you. Club interviews and endorsements are strongly encouraged but not required for applicants who have district support.
  5. Prior to interviews, fill out the online application, attach the required supplementary materials (test scores, academic or professional recommendations, essays), and submit them to your Rotary district no later than 31 May.
  6. Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
  7. Receive notice of selection results in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will receive the name of the Peace Center where you will study.
  8. Apply for admission to the university where you will study. Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.

Application for the next cycle will be available in February.

Details

Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate

Discipline

  • Multiple

Language

  • English
  • Non English

Duration

  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Public Service
  • Study Abroad

Region

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No