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Rotary Peace Fellowships 2023-24 For Master Level, Professional Development

Rotary provides up to 130 fully paid fellowships each year to deserving leaders from throughout the world to study at one of our peace centres.

The Rotary Peace Centers programme builds the capacity of peace and development professionals to be successful peace catalysts via academic training, practice, and worldwide networking opportunities. Tuition and fees, lodging and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses are all covered by the fellowships.

Ever since the program’s inception in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,500 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many are leaders in governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educational and scientific institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies, and international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

About The Fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is intended for leaders who have worked in the fields of peace and development. The fellows are dedicated to community and international service, as well as the promotion of peace. The Rotary Foundation provides up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 fellowships for certificate programmes at prestigious universities each year.

Types of Programs

Master’s Degree Programs

Accepted candidates study peace and development challenges in a research-informed environment with a diverse student body. The programmes range in length from 15 to 24 months and include a two- to three-month field study that enrollees devise autonomously.

Professional Development Certificate Program

During the one-year blended learning programme, experienced peace and development professionals from various backgrounds learn practical techniques for promoting peace in their communities and around the world. Fellows perform field studies while simultaneously designing and implementing a social change campaign. This program is meant for working professionals. Upon completion of the programme, fellows are awarded a post-graduate diploma.

Application Timelines

Rotary Peace Centres are now accepting applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship for the year 2023-24. Candidates must submit their applications to The Rotary Foundation by May 15th. Endorsers must submit their recommendations to The Rotary Foundation by July 1st. 

The Approach

Rotary regards peace as a living, dynamic expression of human evolution rather than an abstract abstraction. Peacebuilding is a foundation of the humanitarian service organization’s mission, and it is one of Rotary’s areas of focus – the channels of activity through which the members leave their mark on the world. The programmes, grants, and fellowships are aimed at establishing environments in which peace can be established and sustained. Rotary believes that if concerned persons work together to bring about peace on a local level, long-term change can occur on a global scale.

Master’s program university partners

Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Fellows can receive a master’s degree in international development policy from Duke or a master’s degree from one of the University of North Carolina’s departments. UNC also offers a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution to Fellows at both campuses.

International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

The interdisciplinary curricula and liberal arts approach of the ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are well-known. Fellows work toward a master’s degree in Peace Studies through the Department of Public Policy and Social Research.

University of Bradford, Bradford, England

Bradford University’s Division of Peace Studies is the world’s largest, offering multiple master’s degrees in peace, conflict, security, and development.

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Fellows in the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs acquire a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies.

Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

A master’s degree in social science is available from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. It is well-known around the world for its free and open collecting of data on armed conflict and organised violence.

Professional development certificate program – University Partners

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

The interdisciplinary curriculum, with a comparative global and Asia-Pacific regional focus, integrates theoretical learning with practical skill development by drawing on expert lecturers’ and global field practitioners’ professional experiences.

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

The curriculum combines theory, research, and practice for peace and development leaders from Africa, who have worked in Africa, or who work with African communities or initiatives outside of the continent. Fellows will learn how to influence policies and take action to change society for the better through positive peace.

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