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Rotary Peace Fellowships for International Students 2024

Each year, The Rotary Foundation grants a maximum of 130 fully-funded Ambassadorial Scholarships aimed at facilitating the education of global leaders at its peace centers. These scholarships cover all expenses including tuition, accommodation, travel costs, as well as internship and field study expenditures.

The Rotary Foundation allocates up to 50 scholarships for master’s programs and 80 for certificate courses at prestigious universities. Recipients have the flexibility to pursue their studies at any eligible university across the United States, Japan, England, Australia, or Sweden. Since its inception in 2002, the Rotary Peace Fellowships have provided training to over 1,500 fellows who are currently contributing to more than 115 countries.

Many of these fellows now occupy prominent positions within governments, NGOs, academic and research institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement bodies, as well as international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Rotary Peace Fellowships Information

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

Study Levels: Master’s Degree, Professional Development Certificate

Funding: Fully Covered

Eligibility: Open to Applicants of All Nationalities

Host Countries: USA, Japan, England, Australia, Sweden

Benefits and Allocation of Rotary Peace Fellowships

The Rotary Peace Center provides 130 fully-funded Ambassadorial Scholarships. Rotary Peace Fellowships encompass tuition fees, accommodation, travel expenses, as well as internship and field study costs.

Among these, 50 scholarships are designated for master’s degree programs, while 80 are allocated for professional development certificate studies.

Eligibility Requirements for Rotary Peace Fellowship

  1. Qualifications:
  • Showcase strong academic credentials.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  1. Language Proficiency:
  • Exhibit fluency in English (no formal proof required).
  1. Professional Background:
  • Hold experience in the domains of peace and development.
  1. Commitment to Peace:
  • Display a dedicated commitment to peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
  1. Research Skills:
  • Demonstrate capability in extensive reading and research.
  1. Diversity Engagement:
  • Exhibit the ability to actively engage within a diverse student cohort.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship program seeks applicants at the outset of their professional journey. Following completion of the program, candidates are expected to disseminate their insights and experiences, maintaining connections with fellow peace fellows in their locality and fostering strong ties with Rotary members.

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Applying for the Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship for the academic year 2024-25 are currently open. Interested candidates have until May 15th to submit their applications to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary endorsers are required to submit their endorsements to The Rotary Foundation by July 1st. Detailed instructions for endorsements can be found at:


Ensuring Consideration of Your Application

  1. Review Eligibility Criteria
  • Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements.
  1. Explore Rotary Peace Centers
  • Research the programs offered at various Rotary Peace Centers. If eligible, rank your preferences for the Master’s program. (Please note: Applications for the certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand are closed for 2024.)
  1. Engage with Rotary
  • Utilize the Club Finder tool to locate the nearest Rotary club. Connecting with a club provides insight into Rotary’s global and local initiatives. While optional, a club recommendation strengthens your application.
  1. Submit Application by 15 May
  • Prepare and submit your application by the deadline. Required documents include a resume, academic/professional recommendations, essays, transcripts (for Master’s applicants), English proficiency test scores (for Master’s applicants), and a social impact plan (for certificate applicants). All documents must be in English.
  1. Obtain Endorsement
  • If your application meets the criteria, it will be assigned to a Rotary endorser in early June. The endorser, who may be a member of a District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee, a Rotary club, or a Rotary Peace Fellow alumnus, will contact you to schedule an interview in June. The endorser will then submit their decision by 1 July.
  1. Await Selection Results
  • Notification emails will be sent in November. Successful candidates will be informed of their fellowship and the designated Peace Center for their studies.
  1. Apply for University Admission (Master’s Only)
  • Being awarded the fellowship does not guarantee admission to the associated university. Applicants must separately apply for admission to the university hosting their selected Peace Center.

Selection Criteria

  1. Evaluation of Peace and Development Commitment
  • Assessment of applicants’ dedication to peace and development initiatives.
  1. Assessment of Leadership Potential
  • Evaluation of candidates’ potential for leadership roles in promoting peace.
  1. Alignment with Fellowship Objectives and Rotary Values
  • Review of applicants’ compatibility with fellowship goals and alignment with Rotary’s principles.
  1. Evaluation of Academic Background and Program Compatibility
  • Examination of academic achievements and suitability for preferred university programs.
  1. Assessment of Social Change Initiative (Certificate Only)
  • Analysis of the feasibility and potential impact of candidates’ Social Change Initiatives.

Restrictions on Eligibility

  1. Doctoral Study Exclusion
  • Rotary Peace Fellowships are not applicable for doctoral studies.
  1. Ineligibility Criteria
  • Individuals ineligible for the fellowship include active Rotary members, Rotaract members who are also Rotary members, and employees of Rotary clubs or affiliated entities.
  1. Family Affiliation Exclusion
  • Relatives of active Rotary members, employees, or former members within 36 months of resignation are ineligible for the fellowship. This includes spouses, descendants, and ancestors as specified.

Rotaract club members who are not also Rotary club members are eligible to submit their applications.

Applicants must ensure a gap of at least three years between the conclusion of their latest academic degree program (be it undergraduate or graduate) and the commencement of their fellowship. Individuals currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate programs are not qualified to apply.

Former Rotary Peace Fellows who have finished either the certificate program, Master’s program, or a Global Grant Scholarship must observe a waiting period of three years from the completion date of that specific program to the commencement of their fellowship.



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