Rotary promotes peace and world understanding through several educational programs. In addition to its oldest scholarships program and its professional exchanges, Rotary offers support in two programs specifically designed to equip future peacemakers in the practice of peace. They are the Rotary World Peace Fellowships and the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
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.
WHAT ARE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS?
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.
We offer 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 we award 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
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE
For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, we offer a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.
IS A PEACE FELLOWSHIP RIGHT FOR ME?
We select 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:
A strong commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academic 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 (children or 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?
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014-15 year. Please check back in December when the application process opens for the 2015-16 Peace Fellowship applicants. The deadline to submit completed applications to Rotary International is 1 July 2015 for academic study beginning in 2016.
I WANT TO SUPPORT THE ROTARY PEACE CENTERS
You can support the Rotary Peace Centers program with your gift. Help us raise $125 million by 2015 to build a permanent endowment for the program. Many naming opportunities are available.
Find ideas for recruiting candidates and promoting the program.
RESOURCES & REFERENCE
- Contact Rotary Peace Centers staff
- Join Rotary Peace Centers on Facebook and LinkedIn
- Sign up for our Peace In Action newsletter
- Join Rotarian Action Group for Peace Facebook page. Learn more about a former peace fellow’s work with Habitat for Humanity in Haiti.
- Watch how peace fellows teamed up to inspire Sudanese youth to be community leaders.