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Rotary Peace Fellowship Program 2021-22 (Fully Funded)

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for Rotary Peace Fellowship Program 2021-22. Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.  The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

The fully-funded international fellowship will cover all the costs of the selected candidates.  All the selected students will be getting tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace.

Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Fellows of the Rotary Peace Fellowship are social change leaders who are chosen for their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace throughout their careers. Through rigorous academic training, field experience, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.

Rotary Peace Fellowship 2020:

Host Organisation:

  • Rotary

Rotary Peace Centers:

Rotary Peace Centers offering the Master’s Program is located at:

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • University of Bradford, Bradford, England
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Durham and Chapel Hill, USA

Rotary Peace Centers offering the Certificate Program Located at:

  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

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Fellowship Duration:

Fellowship Programs:

  • 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.

Financial Support:

Upto 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship includes:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Internship/field study expenses

Eligibility Criteria:

Master’s degree program:

Master’s degree candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Potential for leadership
  • Have at least three years of full-time experience in peace or development work

You are not eligible if you are an active Rotary member, employee of a Rotary club, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program must wait three years to apply for the master’s degree program.

Professional development certificate program:

Certificate candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Demonstrate leadership skills 
  • Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission 
  • Candidates for Makerere University: Either be from the region or currently working in the region 

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program. 

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Eligibility Restrictions:

Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. 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 Global Grants Scholarships must wait three years after completing the scholarship to apply for Rotary Peace Fellowship programs.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program must wait three years to apply for the master’s degree program.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program.

How to Apply for Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019?

Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  1. Review the eligibility restrictions.
  2. Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be asked to rank two centers you prefer for the Master’s program and one center for the certificate program.
  3. Submit your application by 31 May. Applications require a resume, academic and/or professional recommendations, essays, transcripts, social impact plan (certificate only), and test scores (master’s only). All materials must be in English.
  4. Get endorsed. As part of the application process, you need to connect with a Rotary district and get endorsed. Districts are regionally-based Rotary representatives located throughout the world. You can identify and contact your local Rotary district directly through the application platform. The district will interview you then submit an endorsement decision for your application.
  5. Engage with Rotary. Use the Club Finder to locate the Rotary club nearest you. Connecting with a club is a great way to learn about Rotary’s work in your community and around the world. Clubs recommendations are optional but strongly recommended as part of your application.
  6. Await selection results. Email notifications will be sent in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Center you will study.
  7. Apply for admission to the university where your Peace Center is located. Being selected for the fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.

Application Deadline:

  • Candidates will have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

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