Rotary Peace Fellowship

Rotary Centers provide Rotary Peace Fellows with the opportunity to pursue a post graduate studies and degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas.

Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.

Rotary Centers alumni have demonstrated their ability to further global understanding and peace in their work for United Nations agencies, the World Bank, European Parliament, the Organization of American States, and other nongovernmental organizations, along with national governments and international businesses.

Is a peace fellowship right for me?

Peace fellowship candidates 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

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

  • Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves.
  • Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.

Rotary Peace Centers operate in partnership with six leading universities:

Master’s program

Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (fact sheet) 

Fellows can earn a master's degree in international development policy from Duke or a master’s from various departments at the University of North Carolina. In addition, Fellows at both universities can earn a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from UNC.

International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (fact sheet)

The ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is known for its interdisciplinary program and liberal arts approach. Fellows pursue a master’s degree in Peace Studies within the Department of Public Policy and Social Research.

University of Bradford, Bradford, England (fact sheet)

The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees related to peace, conflict, security, and development.

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (fact sheet)

Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies at the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs.

Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (fact sheet)

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a master’s degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to armed conflict and organized violence.

Certificate program

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (fact sheet)

The professional development certificate is awarded to experienced leaders who complete the university’s intensive three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.

Fellowship recipients may not study at a Rotary Peace Center in their home countries, other than candidates from Thailand, who may attend the center at Chulalongkorn University.

Coursework at the Rotary Centers focuses on preventing and resolving conflict by addressing its root causes, for example, responding to hunger with food security, disease with health care, illiteracy with education, poverty with sustainable development, and environmental degradation with conservation. Fellows put classroom lessons into practice through an applied field experience, when they work with a variety of governmental and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.

The fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their potential as leaders in government, business, education, media, and other professional areas.

How to Apply

  1. Review entire application. Application is live in February.
  2. Research curriculum and programs at each Rotary Peace Center
  3. Connect with a local Rotary club or district to request an interview and endorsement. Rotary district interviews and endorsement are required.
  4. Complete the online application for submission to the district by 31 May
  5. Applicants are notified in November of the Rotary Foundation’s decision
  6. Once selected, fellowship finalists must apply separately for university admission.

To find out more about the Rotary Centers Peace Fellowship program, contact your Rotary District contact below or the Rotary International Peace Centers 

Rotary District 6220 Contact
John Townshend, District Scholarship & Fellowship Chair
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Key Resources (links) for your reference and use:

District Governor
2019-2020

Steve Handrick
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District 6220
Executive Assistant

Lisa VanderKelen
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