The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program was established to provide professionals from around the world with the opportunity to be trained in conflict resolution and mediation strategies. The program also can help participants become better equipped to prevent and resolve conflict and to foster policies and create settings that ensure peace worldwide. Offered in English, the program is aimed toward mid- to upper-level professionals in governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private corporations.
The intensive three-month course, which was started in July 2006, is housed at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Rotary will accept up to 30 program participants per session for two sessions annually. Each session will include both academic learning and practical fieldwork components. The program aims to
- Inspire people to work for a culture of peace and tolerance while enhancing their capacity, knowledge, and skills in this area, in part by generating interaction between practitioners and academics
- Offer advanced international educational opportunities to Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program participants chosen from different countries and cultures on the basis of their potential as government, business, education, media, and other professional leaders
- Provide a means for The Rotary Foundation and Rotarians to increase their effectiveness in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples, thereby leading to world understanding and peace.
Applications are accepted from January until early March each year for Rotary Peace Fellowships and for the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program, by Rotary clubs in District 6950-which includes Citus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. These awards are for the period July 2013 – June 2014. Applications must be made through a Rotary club in the area of the applicant’s legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. Persons with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.
The following are ineligible for Rotary World Peace Fellowships: Rotarians, Honorary Rotarians Employees of a club, district, or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International Spouses, lineal descendants (child or grandchild by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parent or grandparent by blood) of any living person in the categories a) or b) above; former Rotarians and their relatives as described above within 36 months of resignation. All others meeting the criteria of level of education and work experience described by The Rotary Foundation are welcome to apply.
Application and Selection
The Fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: local club, local district, and world. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, applicants must contact their local clubs and districts for specific information on deadlines. Club deadlines should be in March also with the Ambassadorial Scholarships.
After obtaining an application (see above) applicants can then contact a club in their region within the district. The club will assign a sponsor to each applicant with whose advice they prepare the application, and submit the completed application to a local Rotary club. See below for names and contact information.
Individual Rotary clubs conduct initial screening and select Fellowship applications to be forwarded up channels with the Ambassadorial Scholarship application to the district level for competitive interviews. While there is no limit to the number of applications an individual Rotary club may forward, each Rotary district may submit only one candidate to be considered in the world-wide competition. All districts are encouraged to recruit qualified candidates in their area to apply for the Fellowship.
Each Rotary district will submit its candidate’s application to The Rotary Foundation on or before July 1. The world-wide competition selection committee will consist of Trustee-appointed Rotarians and representatives from the University Partners. The Rotary Foundation will inform candidates and districts about final selection decisions in December.
Applicants should plan to be physically present at the following events:
- Club Interview – ask your sponsor counselor
- Region Interview – ask your sponsor counselor
- District Interviews – see the timeline on this website
- Orientation program in late June in Florida prior to departure
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read all materials carefully before filling out the application.
Peace Fellow Awards: Rotarians please note that the Peace Fellow awards are not funded in the same way as the other educational awards. We need not have earmarked DDS funds for the District candidate to be submitted and perhaps selected. So, a Peace Fellow award is essentially free to the District if the applicant is selected by the TRF panel.
If you believe you qualify and are interested, contact a Rotarian in your region. Interested Rotarians and/or their club’s Scholarship Committee members are able to assist applicants in their respective geographic areas within the district. The club will assign a sponsor or counselor to provide help and direction to each applicant. (See a list of Rotary clubs in this district here.)
More information and references
Go to the Rotary International Website www.rotary.org which is a primary source of information.