Are you interested in peace and conflict resolution studies? If yes, here is an opportunity for you. Rotary Foundation is now accepting Rotary Peace Fellowship applications for the 2023-24 academic year. The foundation awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships each year for dedicated scholars from around the world to study one of their peace centers.
Since the beginning of the foundation in 2002, it is worthy to note that the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,500 fellows who now work in over 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, education and research institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
Rotary Foundation offer fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certification Program or Masters Degree Program related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers within Australia, USA, Japan, UK, Uganda, Sweden, Thailand and others.
Fellowship host institutions
There are several institutions that host the Fully-Funded International Rotary Peace Fellowships, among them are:
- International Christian University, Japan: Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA: The fellowships cover Master of International Development Policy Program (MIDP) or various degrees offered at the University of North Carolina.
- University of Bradford, England: Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution MA.
- Uppsala University, Sweden: Peace and Conflict Studies (MS.Sc.).
- Makerere University, Uganda (certificate program).
- Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program): Professional Development Certificate in Peace and Development Studies (PgCert).
- University of Queensland, Australia: Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS).
Applicants are to note that fellowship recipients may not study at a Rotary Peace Center in their home country, with the exception of candidates from Thailand, who may attend the center at Chulalongkorn University and candidates from Uganda, who may attend the center at Makerere University.
Eligible programs for the Fully-Funded International Rotary Peace Fellowships
All Professional Development Certificate Programs or Master’s Degree Programs in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention offered at the institutions listed above.
Recommended: IOE-ISH Centenary International Master’s Scholarships.
Number of fellowships to be available
There are up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree and 80 for certificate studies to be awarded.
These are fully-funded fellowships and they cover full tuition fees, accommodation, transportation, feeding and all internship and field-study expenses.
Fellowship eligibility requirements
The Rotary Peace Fellowships are open for professionals with work experience in international relation or peace and conflict prevention or resolution. In addition to this, applicants must:
- Have 3 years of related work experience for the master’s program
- Have five years of related work experience for the certificate program and be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission (Candidates for Makerere University must either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.)
- Demonstrate leadership skills
- Be proficient in English Language
- Have a bachelor’s degree
- Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.
The following people are not eligible for the fellowships:
- Active Rotary members
- Employees of a Rotary club or district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
- Former Rotary members and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of their resignation)
- 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.
Fellowship application guidelines
For your application to be considered, you must apply in compliance with the following guidelines:
- Review the eligibility requirements above.
- Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. If you meet the eligibility criteria for Master’s program and certificate program, you will be asked to rank two centers you prefer from each of them.
- Engage with Rotary. The Club Finder is used to locate the nearest Rotary club. This will help you learn more about Rotary’s work in your community and around the world. A club recommendation is optional, but strongly recommended as part of your application.
- 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.
- See more guidelines.
- Ensure you submit your application before the deadline.
Fellowship application deadline
15 May, 2022.
Fellowship official website
Prospective applicants are advised to visit the scholarship official website above for more information and application for the Fully-Funded International Rotary Peace Fellowships.
You may also apply for Griffith Remarkable Scholarships for International Students.