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Rotary Peace Centers Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation


July 1, 2014

School Location

Various Locations

About the Award

In 1999, The Rotary Foundation launched the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, a partnership with now six leading universities around the world to provide advanced educational opportunities for a group of Rotary Peace Fellows chosen from various countries and cultures. Each year, up to 100 fellows are selected to begin either a two-year master's-level degree or a certificate program in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations. Rotary districts may nominate as many candidates as they wish for a world-competitive selection process every year. The first Rotary Peace Fellows began their studies in the 2002-03 academic year. By 2013-14, nearly 800 fellows have completed the program. Our alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations.


We select fellows from around the world, based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on the world. To be considered for a peace fellowship, we look for:

  • B.A./B.S. or equivalent experience (at a minimum) with strong academic achievement.
  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service.

Relevant work experience:

  • For Master’s degree—Three years' paid or unpaid.
  • For professional development certificate—Five years' and current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position.
  • Proficiency in English for both fellowship types and in a second language for Master’s degree.

Award Amount

Fully funded.

Application Instructions

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare fellows for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world.

Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, the United States, and Thailand.

“Building the leaders of tomorrow” - Master’s Degree Option:

  • 15-24 months of Rotary-funded graduate study toward a Master’s degree at one of our five Rotary Centers.
  • Training in the root causes of conflict, theories of international relations, and effective models of cooperation, conflict resolution, and negotiation including course work and applied field experience.
  • A growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations, and private corporations.

“Strengthening the leaders of today” -Professional Certificate Option:

  • Three month professional development certificate program.
  • Designed specifically for candidates already working in the field of peace and conflict studies to further their understanding of conflict resolution.
  • Theoretical foundational knowledge during eight weeks in the classroom and practical experience during two to three weeks on site fieldwork.

Both programs require, at minimum, a B.A./B.S. in a related field; three years' relevant work experience and proficiency in a second language for the Master’s program and five years for the professional development certificate and proficiency in English.

The 2015 academic term deadline is 1 July 2014. Applications are available at: www.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowships. Please pay close attention to the language and academic test requirements for each center.

All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of your local Rotary district prior to submitting your application to the Rotary Foundation. You can find your nearest local Rotary Club by using the Club Locator tool on the Rotary International web site at www.rotary.org/en/search/club-finder.

Please email rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org with questions.

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