The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019 for Masters and Professional Certificate Program. The Rotary will awards 100 fully funded peace fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world. All the selected students will be getting fully funded fellowships which cover cover 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.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,200 fellows.  Many go on to careers with governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

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 2019 Details:

Host Organisation:

  • Rotary

Rotary Peace Center University Partners:

Master’s degree Rotary Peace Center universities:

  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA (joint center, with choice to attend either university)
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Professional development certificate Rotary Peace Center:

  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Fellowship Duration:

  • Master’s Degree: 15 to 24 months
  • Professional Certificate Program: 3 Month Program

Fellowship Programs:

Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 peace fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities.

  • 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:

Up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for professional development certificates are awarded annually for study at premier universities around the world.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship includes:

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

Eligibility Criteria:

Master’s degree program:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of relevant full-time work experience (see definition below)
  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
    • Non-native English speakers are required to submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years from test date.
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace, as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service activities
  • Excellent leadership skills

Professional development certificate program:

  • Strong academic background
  • Minimum of five years of relevant full-time work experience (see definition below)
  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace, as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service activities
  • Excellent leadership skills

Candidates with disabilities are eligible for Rotary Foundation awards and are encouraged to apply.

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.

Application Checklist:

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete before submitting it to the Rotary district and The Rotary Foundation.

  • Application
  • Required recommendations; optional club recommendation
    • Master’s degree program: one academic and one professional
    • Professional development certificate program: two professional; one from a current employer
    • Optional: club recommendation
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Undergraduate transcripts, required for master’s degree program only
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, required for all non-native English speakers for master’s degree program only
  • GRE scores (required for consideration to UNC; highly recommended for all Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Candidates)
  • District endorsement
  • Candidate’s certification, signed and dated

How to Apply for Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019?

Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  1. Review the application guidelines and check the eligibility requirements and restrictions.
  2. Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be asked to rank two centers you prefer.
  3. Prepare your application, including your resume/CV, essays, academic or professional recommendations, transcripts, and test scores. All materials must be in English. For certificate candidates, transcripts and scores are not needed.
  4. Contact your local Rotary district before submitting your application to request an interview. District endorsement is a required component of 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 recommendations are strongly encouraged but not required for candidates who have district support.
  5. Before any interviews, submit your online application to your district by 31 May.
  6. Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsements to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
  7. Await notice of the selection results in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Center you will study.
  8. 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:

  • The due date for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

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