Rotary Club of Belfast

Peace Fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational programme of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary's mission to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Rotary Peace Fellows promote national and international co-operation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

It 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 humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying - details below

Interested candidates must apply through a Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Belfast welcomes applicants.

The Rotary Club of Belfast are also delighted to act as a host Club for any Rotary Club or graduate student under the Rotary Foundation Fellowship.

Two types of fellowships are offered for study at one of the six Rotary Peace Centres located at prestigious universities worldwide - a Masters Degree Fellowship and a Professional Development Certificate.

Masters Degree Fellowships

15-24 month programmes (varies by University) with a practical internship of 2-3 months at 5 premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. The Universities are:

Professional Development Certificate

For those with more extensive experience in peace related fields, a 3 month programme in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand is offered. This programme incorporates 2-3 weeks of field study.

Masters Degree
Professional Development Certificate
Purpose Building the leaders of tomorrow Strengthening the leaders of today
Length of Study 15-24 months (varies by University) 3 months
Rotary Peace Centres 5 1
No. of Fellowships up to 12 per centre 50 (25 per session Jan-Apr or June-August)
Practical Field Experience 

2-3 month practical internship

during academic break

2-3 weeks of field study

incorporated into curriculum

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
  • Excellent leadership skills

For the Certificate Programme

  • A minimum 5 years of relevant work experience with full time employment in a mid- to upper- level position
  • Proficiency in English
  • Strong academic background

For the Masters Degree Programme

  • A minimum 3 years of combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in English and recommended second language proficiency
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Rotary Peace Centre Application Requirements

Applicants are required to research individual university websites for specific admission requirements and current information about curriculum.

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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.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master's degree program may not apply for the professional certificate 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 here.


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