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Rotary Peace Fellowships for Masters & Professional Development Programs 2019/2020

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowships 2019/2020. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier academic scholarship that empowers, educates, and increases the capacity of peacebuilders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities. Through this experience, Rotary Peace Fellows build the skills needed to become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution both in their communities and around the globe.

Each year, up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of the Rotary peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program 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.

The fellowship is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and to working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying.


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. Two types of fellowships are offered: a master’s degree program and a professional development certificate program.

  • Master’s Degree – Building the leaders of tomorrow

  • 15-24 month program at one of our 5 Rotary Peace Centers at leading partnering universities

  • 50 fellows selected annually to earn a master’s degree in fields related to peace and security

  • Each university offers customized curriculum and a 2-3 month applied field experience

  • Fellows connect with an international cohort of peace fellows, thought leaders, and a global network of Rotarians

  • Professional Development Certificate – Strengthening the leaders of today

  • 3 month professional development program at our Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok, Thailand

  • 50 fellows selected annually to earn a professional certificate in peace and conflict studies

  • Intended for professionals with extensive experience working in peace-related fields

  • Diverse interdisciplinary program includes 8-weeks intensive classroom study with guest lecturers and 2-weeks field studies


The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.

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

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)

Recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships or professional development certificate fellowships must wait three years after completion of the scholarship or fellowship to apply for the master’s degree program.


Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

Please contact us at [email protected] with questions.

Fill out the online application.

For more information, visit Rotary Peace Fellowships.