Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rotary Peace Fellowship 2021-22 for Masters & Professional Development Certificate (Fully Funded)

Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become catalysts for peace and development. Many go on to careers with governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Applications for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The due date for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Review district endorsement instructions.
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. 

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Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities.
  • Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves.
  • Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.
University Admission 
Upon selection and notification, shortlisted candidates must apply for admission at their designated university as dictated in the Assignment Letter. The fellowship will be nullified if a selected candidate is unable to gain admission.

Receiving admission to a partner university before application to the Rotary Peace Fellowship program does not guarantee that a candidate will be selected for a fellowship.

  • Master’s degree Rotary Peace Center universities:
    • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA (joint center, with choice to attend either university)
    • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
    • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
    • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Professional development certificate Rotary Peace Center: 
    • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

The Rotary Foundation offers a comprehensive funding package for all Rotary Peace Fellows. For master’s degree fellows, the Foundation covers expenses related to tuition, room and board, travel to and from the peace center, AFE experiences, conferences, and research. Professional certificate program fellows receive funding for expenses related to tuition, on-campus accommodation, course materials, insurance, travel to and from the peace center, and field study experiences.


Candidates must also meet the following requirements:
  • Proficiency in English, with proficiency in a second language strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • For master's degree candidates, a bachelor's degree and at least three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience
  • For certificate candidates, at least five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience

How to Apply:
See the steps you need to take to complete your application proces
  • Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.
  • Review the application guidelines and check the eligibility requirements and restrictions.
  • Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be asked to rank two centers you prefer.
  • Prepare your application, including your resume/CV, essays, academic or professional recommendations, transcripts, and test scores. All materials must be in English. For certificate candidates, transcripts and scores are not needed.
  • Contact your local Rotary district before submitting your application to request an interview. District endorsement is a required component of the application process. TIP: Your local Rotary club can help you connect with your district. Use Club Finder to locate the club nearest you. Club interviews and recommendations are strongly encouraged but not required for candidates who have district support.
  • Before any interviews, submit your online application to your district by 31 May.
  • Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsements to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
  • Await notice of the selection results in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Center you will study.
  • 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.

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