Peace Fellowship Scholars

NEW: Rotary Peace Centers

The Rotary Peace Centers are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application.  We look forward to working with you as you complete the endorsement process for your district’s candidates.  As the 2019 fellowship application cycle begins, we would like to share important preliminary information about the 2019 application cycle.

1 February 2018: Application Launch
February-May: Districts recruit and mentor potential Rotary Peace Fellowship candidates
31 May 2018: Applications due to districts for endorsement consideration
1 July 2018: District endorsement decisions due to The Rotary Foundation (Please note that all candidates must to be interviewed by the district in order to be approved for district endorsement)
Mid-November: Selection decisions released


Rotary World Peace Centers Program:

Rotary takes a direct approach to world  understanding by providing future leaders with the tools they need to “wage  peace” on the global stage with its innovative Rotary Peace Centers program. Launched in 2002, Rotary awards up to 100 full scholarships each year for master’s-level degrees or a professional certificate in peace and conflict  studies at six Rotary Peace Centers located at:

  • University of Bradford, United Kingdom
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • International Christian University, Japan
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, (an intensive, three-month course for  mid-level professionals in government, non-government organizations, and  international industry)

Rotary World Peace Fellows participate in The Rotary Foundation’s mission of improving health, supporting education, and  alleviating poverty. The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and  conflict resolution support this mission by:

  • Advancing  research, teaching, publication, and knowledge on issues of peace, conflict and  its resolution, and world understanding
  • Providing  advanced international educational opportunities for a group of Rotary World  Peace Fellows chosen from different countries and cultures on the basis of  their potential as leaders in government, business, education, media, and other related professions
  • Providing  a means for The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs to increase their  effectiveness in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples, leading to world understanding and peace.


General Eligibility

Applicants for the Rotary World Peace Fellowships should have:

  1. A commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through their professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  2. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field with strong grades at the time of application
  3. Minimum three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience for the master’s degree program
  4. Minimum five years’ relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position for the certificate program
  5. Proficiency in a second language for the master’s program or proficiency in English for the certificate program
  6. Excellent leadership skills. Persons with disabilities and Rotaract members are eligible and encouraged to apply.


Click here for the application for the Peace Fellowship Application - 2017 program (as well as the 3 month certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand). Applications for the next Peace Fellowship awards due to the District Foundation chair by May 31.