Rotary Peace Fellowship is available for people in leadership fields across the Globe. Each year, the Rotary gives 130 fully funded fellowships to qualified leaders to study at one of their peace centers.
The aim of the fellowship is to develop the capacity of peace in professionals and practitioners to become more experience and effective in promoting peace and tranquillity in their communities, for that matter, the world at large.
This is achieved through the use of academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities which are provided by the Rotary.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship covers tuition and fees, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
This program was started in 2002, and since then, more than 1,400 fellows have been trained at the Rotary Peace Centers. These seasoned professionals now work in over 115 countries — many serve as leaders in Government, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organisations such as the United Nations and World Bank.
Please note that the Rotary Peace Fellowships come in two forms — that is, the Master’s Degree Programs and the Professional Development Certificate Program.
In this article, we shall look at the eligibility criteria and how to apply for the Rotary Peace Fellowship.
|Level of Study||Masters / Professional Development Certificate Program|
|Institutions of Study||See list below|
|Countries of Study||USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda|
|Program Period||15- 24 months for Master’s Degree programs, 3-months for Professional Development Certificate Program|
|Rotary Peace Fellowships Deadline||May15th 2022 (annually)|
|Number of Scholarships||Up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities are awarded every year.|
Fellowship benefits and Coverage
The Rotary Peace Fellowships has a lot of benefits
Institutions for the Rotary Peace Fellowships
Let’s now look at the institutions for the Rotary Peace Fellowships. We shall look at the institutions for the Master’s Degree Program and those for the Professional Development Certificate Program.
Institutions for the Master’s Degree Programs
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
- University of Bradford, Bradford, England
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Institutions for the Professional Development Certificate Program
Courses Offered at Rotary Peace Fellowships
Below are the courses offered at the Rotary Peace Fellowships
- Social Science (Department of Peace and Conflict)
- International Studies
- Peace and Conflict studies
- Peace, Conflict, Security and Development studies
- Public Policy and Social Research
- International Peace and Conflict resolution
Eligibility Criteria for Rotary Peace Fellowships
Applicants for the Rotary Peace Fellowships must meet the following requirements.
- Eligible Countries: All world countries
- Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
- Excellent leadership skills
- Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
- 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
- Take the eligibility quiz.
Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. The following people are not eligible for the fellowship:
- 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)
Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program, Master’s program, or a Global Grant Scholarship, must wait three years between the end date of that program and their intended start date for the fellowship.
Additionally, candidates must have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience between the completion of a previous academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship.
How to Apply For Rotary Peace Fellowships
Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.
- Review the eligibility restrictions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Submit your application by 15 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.
- 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. In early June, if your application meets the eligibility criteria it will be assigned to the district you have identified using the district finder embedded in the application, or to an at-large district or program alumni for endorsement consideration if you live in a district without a District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee Chair. The district or alum will interview you then submit an endorsement decision for your application.
- 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.
- 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.
Please for more information, kindly visit the official website of the Rotary:
Rotary Peace Fellowship FAQs
What is Rotary Fellowship month?
The Rotary Fellowship month is June. It is set aside by the RI Board to recognize the importance of international fellowship and good will among Rotarians will similar recreational interests, vocations, and health and medical issue-oriented interests to promote increased participation in the Rotary Peace Fellowships Program.
What is a Rotary Peace Fellow?
A Rotary Peace fellow is a person who have partaken in the Rotary Peace Fellowships and is committed to the advancement of peace in their communities and the world at large. The Rotary fellows promote national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict in their lives, careers and through their service activities.
What are Rotary’s six areas of focus?
Rotary’s six areas of focus are: 1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
2. Disease prevention and treatment.
3. Water and sanitation.
4. Maternal and child health.
5. Basic education and literacy.
6. Economic and community development.