2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship for World Leaders and Scholar
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centres.
Through academic training, practise, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to the community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.
Fellowship Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be eligible for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship for World Leaders and Scholars, applicants are to meet the following criteria:
Applicants must be proficient in English Language.
Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a reputable university before applying for the fellowship.
Applicants must possess strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service.
Applicants must have at least three years of full-time experience in peace or development work.
Applicant must demonstrate strong leadership potential.
Applicants must be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission.
Application Procedure for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship for World Leaders and Scholars
Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be asked to rank two centres you prefer for the Master’s program and one centre for the certificate program.
Submit your application by 31 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. You can identify and contact your local Rotary district directly through the application platform. The district will interview you then submit an endorsement decision for your application.
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.
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.