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Fully Funded Rotary Peace Fellowships 2023


The Rotary selects up to 130 peace and development leaders across the globe annually to receive a fully-funded academic fellowship for a Master’s degree program related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Stand a chance to be among the successful candidates to be selected as the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program 2023 is currently accepting applications from interested candidates around the world.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowship Program awards successful candidates fully funded scholarships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program at one of the participating peace centers around the world ( Japan, UK, USA, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda). However, this article provides detailed information on the Rotary Program in addition to what it’s all about, scholarship value/benefits, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and other necessary information.


About The Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

The Rotary’s main objective is promoting peace, it began in 2002 and since then has trained more than 1,400 fellows in each of the seven Rotary Peace Fellowship centers located at leading universities around the world. The Rotary Peace Fellowship Program develops the capacity of existing leaders and peace and development professionals through academic training, field experience, and global networking to effectively prevent and resolve conflicts.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Therefore, the Rotary fellows are committed to pursuit peace at community and international service. The foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for Masters and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities. Since the inception of the program, the Rotary has trained over 1,400 fellows who now serve in more than 115 countries as leaders in government, the military, NGOs, law enforcement agencies, and international organizations like the World Bank and United Nations.

Scholarship Description

Below is a brief description of the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program;

Scholarship Sponsor(s):

Rotary Foundation

Host Institution(s):

  • International Christian University, Japan (Master’s degree in peace studies)
  • The University of Bradford, England (Advanced practice in peacebuilding and conflict resolution MA)
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. (Master of International Development Policy Program (MIDP)/ degrees offered by the University of North Carolina.
  • The University of Queensland, Australia (Master of Peace and Conflicts studies)
  • Uppsala University, Sweden (Peace and Conflict Studies)
  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program in Professional Development Certificate in Peace and Development Studies)
  • Makerere University, Uganda (Certificate Program)
  • All these institutions are under the seven Rotary Peace Fellowship centers around the world.

Scholarship Type:

It’s a fully funded fellowship, that is to say, it covers tuition fees and other living expenses.

Study Level:


Field(s) of Study:

Master’s degree or Professional Development Certificate Program in all fields related to peace and conflict resolution/prevention.

Scholarship Value:

See the scholarship benefits section below for details

Number of Awards:

The fellowship has about 130 slots; up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree and 80 for certificate studies are awarded annually.

Eligible Nationalities:

All nationality as long as you are endorsed by your local Rotary District.


15 May 2022 (annual)

Scholarship Benefits

The Rotary Peace Fellowships Program Provides the recipients with the following ;

  • The fellowship covers the tuition fee.
  • Room and board at the institution/university dorm.
  • It provides round-trip transportation.
  • It also covers all internship and field-study expenses.

Eligibility Criteria For Rotary Peace Fellowships Program

In order to be eligible for the Rotary Peace Fellowships Program, the candidates must meet the following criteria outlined below:

  • The program is for Master’s degree studies, therefore the applicants must have a bachelor’s degree before applying for the fellowship.
  • The applicant must be proficient in the English Language.
  • Have a minimum of three years of full-time experience in peace or development work.
  • Have five years of related work experience for the certificate program applicants.
  • Applicant must demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Applicants should be able to elaborate on how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission.
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service.
  • Candidates for Makerere university must either be from Africa, have worked in or with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.

How to Apply for the Rotary Peace Fellowship program

The Rotary Peace Fellowship Program is now open for applications, candidates will have until 15 May to submit online applications to their respective district. Then the districts must submit approved applications to the Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Therefore, follow the step by step procedure outlined below for your fellowship application;

  •  Firstly, research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be requested to rank two centers you prefer for the Master’s program and one center for the certificate program.
  • Secondly, submit your application before the 15th of May. Documents required of application include;
    • Academic Transcripts
    • Resume/CV
    • Academic or professional recommendations
    • Essays
    • Tests scores (Master’s only)
    • Social impact plan (certificate only)
  • Thirdly, use the club finder to locate and engage with the Rotary Club nearest to you. Though optional, connecting with a club is a great way to learn about Rotary’s work in your community and around the world.
  • As part of the application procedure, you need to connect with a Rotary district and get endorsed. Districts are regionally-based Rotary representatives located throughout the world. Once your application meets eligibility criteria it will be assigned to the district you have identified using the district finder embedded in the application. The district will then interview you and submit an endorsement decision for your application.
  • You will get a selection notification via email in November. You will be informed of the Peace Center at which you are to study, that is if you are chosen for a fellowship.
  • Note that your selection does not mean you have been admitted into the university, therefore you will have to apply for admission to the university where your Peace Center is located.

Important Notes

However, candidates must have at least three years of significant work experience between the completion of a previous undergraduate or graduate academic degree program and their foremind start date for the fellowship. Moreover, Rotary Peace Fellowship Programs may not be used for doctoral study. Therefore, the following people below are ineligible for the fellowship;

  1. Active Rotary members and their relatives(spouses, children, and grandchildren by blood or legal adoption)
  2. Employees of a Rotary club/district, or any other Rotary unit.
  3. Likewise former Rotary members and their relatives(as described above) within 36 months of their resignation.

Additionally, Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate or Master’s program must wait three years between the end date of the completed program and their intended start date for the fellowship.

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In conclusion, please refer to the official website of the scholarship provider using the link below for more detailed information on the eligibility criteria and application instructions for the Rotary Peace Fellowships.

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