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Rotary Peace Fellowship Program 2021-22 (Fully Funded)

Candidates will have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.


Through academic training, practice, 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 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.


Choose the program that's right for you

Master’s degree programs Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The programs last 15 to 24 months and include a two- to three-month field study, which participants design themselves.

Professional development certificate program During the one-year program, experienced peace and development professionals with diverse backgrounds gain practical skills to promote peace within their communities and across the globe. Fellows complete field studies, and they also design and carry out a social change initiative. Eligibility

Master’s degree candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English

  • Have a bachelor's degree

  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service

  • Potential for leadership

  • Have at least three years of full-time experience in peace or development work


You are not eligible if you are an active Rotary member, employee of a Rotary club, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity.


Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program must wait three years to apply for the master’s degree program.



Certificate candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English

  • Have a bachelor’s degree

  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service

  • Demonstrate leadership skills 

  • Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission 

  • Candidates for Makerere University: Either be from the region or currently working in the region 


Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program.


 Peace Fellowship Application

Application process

They are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship program. Candidates will have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Review district endorsement instructions.

Apply now Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  1. Review the eligibility restrictions.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


Eligibility restrictions Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. The following people are not eligible for the master's degree program:

  • 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)


Recipients of Rotary Global Grants Scholarships must wait three years after completing the scholarship to apply for Rotary Peace Fellowship programs.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program must wait three years to apply for the master’s degree program. Certificate fellows are not eligible for another certificate fellowship.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master's degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program.


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