Rotary World Peace Fellowships
Rotary World Peace Fellowships are awarded to individuals for study in masters degree and professional certificate programmes at one of the six Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution located at prestigious universities worldwide (see below).
|Interested candidates must apply through a Rotary Club and
The Rotary Club of Belfast welcomes applicants.
Rotary World Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international co-operation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Each year up to 160 Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis.
Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Fellows will participate in a Rotary Center seminar and will commit to a career related to international relations, peace and conflict resolution.
Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers.
Applicants can choose from two Rotary Peace Fellowship options.
Masters Degree study must be at one of the Universities with Rotary Centres for International Studies:
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
- University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Professional Development Certificate study is taken at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
|Master's Degree||Professional Development Certificate|
|Master's degree||Professional development certificate|
|6 centers, 7 universities||1 center, 1university|
|15-24 month course||3 month course|
|Study timelines differ according to each university's schedule||Two sessions per year (January - April and June - August)|
|Up to 10 new fellows at each center each year||Up to 25 new fellows in each session|
|Up to 60 fellows per year||Up to 50 fellows per year|
|2-3 month practical internship during summer break||2-3 weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum|
|Building leaders of tomorrow||Strengthening the leaders of today|
Applicants for the Rotary World Peace Fellowships should have:
- A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
- A bachelor's degree or commensurate experience as a minimum, with strong academic achievement
- A minimum of three years' combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master's degree) or five years' relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
- Proficiency in a second language (master's degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
- Strong leadership skills
The Application Form can be downloaded here.
Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Individuals who previously participated in the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, or were Peace Fellows in the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, are required to wait a minimum of three full years before applying for a master's degree fellowship.
Individuals who participated in the Rotary Peace Centers master's degree program are not eligible for the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University.
The following people are ineligible for master's degree Rotary Peace Fellowships but may apply for the professional development certificate on an exception basis:
- Active and honorary Rotarians
- Employees of a Rotary club, RI 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)
More information can be seen here.