Apply Now: Fully Funded Rotary Peace Fellowships

Mar 16, 2023 • Views -

Sponsored by The Rotary Foundation

Now accepting applications for fully funded 2024 Rotary Peace Fellowships

Are you seeking the knowledge and skills to create positive change in the world?

Join a network of peace and development leaders and earn either a master’s degree or a post-graduate diploma in peace and development studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located at premier universities around the world. 

About the Rotary Peace Fellowship

Up to 90 fellows will be selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.

More than 1,600 program alumni are working in more than 140 countries as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, education and research, human rights law, law enforcement, media and arts, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

What are my program options?

Rotary Peace Fellows study with one of two programs:

Master’s degree

  • 15-24 month program, small-group classroom learning, in fields related to peace and development 
  • Intended for leaders near the start of their careers
  • 50 fellows selected annually to study at one of five Rotary Peace Centers at partner universities, which offer interdisciplinary curricula with research-informed teaching
  • 2-3 month field study experience to develop practical skills
  • Access to a global network of international peace fellows, thought leaders, and Rotary members

Professional Development Certificate

  • Yearlong program for working professionals that blends online learning, in-person classes, and an independent project
  • Candidates who are from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent can apply for the certificate program at Makerere University in Uganda 
  • Intended for social change leaders with extensive experience working in peace-related fields
  • 40 fellows will be selected to earn a postgraduate diploma in peace and development studies at Makerere University
  • Interdisciplinary program includes a two-week online preliminary course, 10 weeks of on-site courses with field studies, a nine-month period during which fellows implement a social change initiative (with interactive online sessions), and an on-site capstone seminar

How do I qualify?

Qualified candidates must: 

  • Have three years of related work experience for the master’s program (five years for the Duke 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.)
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace

Candidates must have at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: May 15, 2023

Please write to [email protected] with questions.

If you know someone who might be a good candidate for this fellowship, please submit a referral form with their name and email address. We’ll contact them with information on how to apply. Thank you for supporting our program.

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