Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of six worldwide Rotary Peace Centers. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. ROTARY PEACE CENTERS
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
- University of Bradford, Bradford, England
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
- Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
SUSTAINABLE PEACEBuilding Peace! Listen and watch the video about Rotary peace fellows tell their stories (click on graphic)
ENCOMPASSING A NETWORK OF PEACE BUILDERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS
DEDICATED TO PREVENTING AND RESOLVING CONFLICT
SAMPLE PROFILES OF SUCCESSFUL PEACE FELLOWS
A career civil servant charged with mediating local disputes over political and environmental issues, who plans to develop and implement better social and environmental policies and training models for his or her home government
A health care professional who has provided medical care and training to the poor in war-torn countries and plans a career in international public health
A humanitarian aid agency project officer who has created microcredit loan programs for AIDS widows in sub-Saharan Africa and plans a career in economic development through poverty reduction
A social worker who has counseled child soldiers and plans to work to prevent conflict by creating regional mental health facilities that offer reconciliation and forgiveness training programs
A career military professional who worked in protective operations and plans to introduce conflict prevention and resolution methodology to the nation’s armed forces
An educator who works with youth from different religious and ethnic groups, facilitating projects that will create greater understanding and prevent future conflictsRotary Peace Fellows come from many walks of life including
- Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
- Excellent leadership skills
- Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
- 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
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)
- January- February: Districts and clubs begin to promote the program to recruit well-qualified candidates. ROTARIANS talk with candidates to learn more about their background and which of the programs they are interested in, and direct them to the application at www.rotary.org/peace-fellowships to ensure that they understand all of the steps of the application process.
- March-May: Clubs interview and select candidates and submit their club-recommended applications to the district by 31 May or forward their applications to the district by 31 May. Districts recruit potential applicants and receive applications.
- May-June: Districts form a committee to interview candidates and determine eligibility. Districts complete district endorsement for each qualified applicant by 1 July. Districts notify applicants of their endorsement decisions by 1 July.
- July-October: The Rotary Peace Centers Committee, composed of appointed Rotarians and university representatives, screens applications and selects fellowship finalists.
- November: Districts and their candidates are notified of the results.
- Finalists then apply to the university for acceptance. (Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean that candidates have been admitted to the university.)
Rotary District 5160 Peace Fellows Committee Chair
Telephone: 707-319-1053 OR THE ROTARY FOUNDATION OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue Evanston, Illinois 60201-3698 USA www.rotary.org