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Rotary District 5160

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Page managed by Susan Cohen Grossman, Concord Rotary Club Member & District 5160 Peace Fellows Committee Chair (updated March 27, 2017)
The Peace Fellowship program is now accepting applications for 2018/20 (masters) and 2018 (certificate). Contact Rotary Clubs or Districts. For District 5160, please see below for contact information and qualifications.
Rotarians throughout District 5160 are encouraged to be actively engaged with the peace fellowship program by seeking out qualified candidates and shepherding interested and qualified candidates through the application process, into their studies, and lives beyond. Rotary Peace Fellows come from many walks of life including
  • Rotary program alumni. Rotaractors, Interactors, and former Ambassadorial (now called Global Grant) Scholars — all are encouraged to apply
  • Universities. Alumni associations, career offices, study-abroad offices, and departments of international studies, political sciences, and peace studies
  • Educators at all levels and locations (elementary, secondary, inner city, community colleges, universities
  • Former international volunteers, for example, Peace Corps volunteers with international experience and interest in working on issues of peace and development
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including international and community development organizations, local, state, national governmental agencies, nonprofits such as those providing social services, law enforcement, public health, military, etc.
  • Diplomatic corps working in an embassy or consulate

Eligibility requirements

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background

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)
Fellows embark on one to two years of study to earn a master’s-level degree OR a 3-month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at seven leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand.  Details about each of the centers is on the Rotary website.
rotarycenters Building Peace! Listen and watch the video about Rotary peace fellows tell their stories (click on graphic) (If the link doesn’t work, go to You Tube and search for Building Peace)


News on recent and current peace fellows nominated by District 5160:

  • Joseph Smith is working on a Masters in Public and Social Policy at the Rotary Peace Center located at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. His specialty within the Public and Social Policy International Relations program is on policies and governance of the extractive (mining) industry. Joseph has experience working in this realm, in Sierra Leone, being the Founder and Director of  an organization working with youth in mining (African Youth on Mining and Environment).  Joseph said: “The Rotary Fellowship is a sustainable life changing opportunity for me coming from a very poor family background and as a former Internally Displaced Person in my post war country.” Joseph is hoping his Applied Field Experience in summer 2017 is with United Nations Development Program with the development minerals project office in Nigeria.  JOSEPH’S SPONSOR COUNSELOR: Geri Murphy, Concord Rotary Club
  • Patrick Bwire met a District 5160 Rotarian in Uganda and then applied to become a peace fellow. Admitted into Duke University’s Masters in International Development program, Patrick was elected to be the leqad of the International Development class in 2016. He’s writing a paper, Prevention and Management of Land Conflicts, and his group is progressing well with a project, Young Leaders for Political Dialogue. On March 6, they presented the project to faculty within Duke’s Center for International Development and they are now working with the Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Service (POLIS) at Duke. University of North Carolina, Center for Emerging Issues, is also willing to collaborate. Patrick is taking a variety of classes, including Negotiation and Mediation. PATRICK’S SPONSOR COUNSELOR: Maxim Schrogin, Berkeley Rotary Club
  • Nominated by District 5160, Adrien Lokangaka (Public Health, University of North Carolina, 2012-14) says his small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo was in dire need of medicine after war. “People need not only the end of war, but they also want to be free from the consequences of war, and one of those is bad health,” he says. “I am an ordinary person, but Rotary has given me an extraordinary opportunity.” Adrian is now back at work in Democratic Republic of Congo as a doctor and public health expert.


ROTARIANS: If there are prospective candidates, please let them know about the website (www.rotary.org) and encourage them to learn all they can about the program, where it’s conducted, what the requirements and timing are, and how to apply. This is the time to get to know these possible candidates, to explore what’s possible and where their interests lie, and encourage them to become more informed about each of the Rotary Peace Centers offerings.  Please ask candidates to review the application documents and other resources on the Rotary website. https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships



For more information, contact Susan Cohen Grossman
Rotary District 5160 Peace Fellows Committee Chair
E-mail:  susancg13@gmail.com
Telephone: 707-319-1053