<Page updated August 2, 2017 by Rotary District 5160 Peace Fellows Committee Chair>

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.
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Fellows can earn either a Master in International Development Policy from Duke or a master’s degree in various departments from the University of North Carolina. In addition, Fellows at both Duke and UNC can earn a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from the University of North Carolina.
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
The Department of Public Policy and Social Research offers master’s degrees in social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.
  • University of Bradford, Bradford, England
The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees.
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies in the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs.
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a master’s degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to conflict.
  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
The professional development certificate is awarded to experienced professionals who complete the university’s intensive three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.
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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

Eligibility requirements

  • 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

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. July-October: The Rotary Peace Centers Committee, composed of appointed Rotarians and university representatives, screens applications and selects fellowship finalists.
  5. November: Districts and their candidates are notified of the results.
  6. Finalists then apply to the university for acceptance. (Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean that candidates have been admitted to the university.)
For more information, contact
Susan Cohen Grossman
Rotary District 5160 Peace Fellows Committee Chair
E-mail:  susancg13@gmail.com
Telephone: 707-319-1053
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201-3698 USA