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Rotary Peace Fellowships

Service Above Self

Rotary is one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations, with over 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary club members, who come from all political, social, and religious backgrounds, are united in their mission to promote international understanding, supported by Rotary's humanitarian and educational programs.  Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of cultural, educational, and service activities in their own communities and abroad to provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, schooling, and youth outreach to millions of people in need. Rotary volunteers also travel the world, lending their technical expertise and knowledge where they are most needed to alleviate hardship and address humanitarian problems.

Promoting World Peace

One of the ways Rotary builds world understanding is through international scholarships and vocational exchange programs.  Every year, Rotary sends up to 1,000 students and professionals to study abroad in more than 60 countries.  Rotary's Peace Fellowship program alumni work in a range of areas including grassroots and nongovernmental organizations, national governments, militaries, police forces, and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Organization for Migration, and Organization of American States.  Graduates also enjoy the support of a growing worldwide network of fellow alumni committed to building peace.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders who promote national and international cooperation and peace in their careers and throughout their lives.  The Rotary Peace Fellowship offers qualified individuals the opportunity to earn either a master's degree in a variety of fields or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.  A Rotary Peace Fellowship funds study at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, located at seven prestigious universities worldwide.

Rotary Peace Centers

  • Chulalongkorn University – Bangkok, Thailand  (professional development center)
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • International Christian University – Tokyo, Japan
  • Uppsala University – Uppsala, Sweden
  • University of Bradford – West Yorkshire, England
  • University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia

Applicants for Rotary Peace Fellowships should have:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field, with strong grades at the time of application
  • A minimum of three years full-time (paid or unpaid) work experience for the master's degree program and a minimum of five years (paid or unpaid) for the professional development certificate program
  • Proficiency in a second language (degree) or in English (certificate)
  • A commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • Excellent leadership skills

Rotary districts are encouraged to attract qualified candidates through public relations efforts.

Rotarians should reach out to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to peace and conflict resolution through academic, volunteer, or professional experience, as well as outstanding leadership abilities and high academic achievement.

For more information, download the Rotary Peace Centers Program Guide for Rotarians (PDF). 

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