The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowships 2019-20. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier academic scholarship that The Rotary Foundation offers. Through rigorous academic training, field experience, and global networking opportunities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills they need to become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe.

The fellowship is for people who have chosen a career in international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; have work experience in these areas; and have demonstrated a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and to working for peace.

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of their peace centers. 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.

Fellowship:

Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world. The Rotary Foundation offers two types of fellowships: a master’s degree program and a professional development certificate program.

  • Master’s degree programs: 15-24 month program with purpose of “Building the leaders of tomorrow” at one of their 5 Rotary Peace Centers at leading partnering universities and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
  • Professional development certificate program:  3 month professional development program at their Rotary Peace Center in Bankok, Thailand and requiretwo to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum.

Funding :

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 Peace Center, internship 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 Peace Center, and field study experiences.

Eligibility:

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Their fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.

  • Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • 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

Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. And 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)
  • Recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships or professional development certificate fellowships must wait three years after completion of the scholarship or fellowship to apply for the master’s degree program.
  • Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program.

Application Process:

Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  • Thoroughly research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers before starting your online application. You will be asked to rank the centers in order of importance.
  • Master’s degree applicants: Collect all academic transcripts, test scores, and any other documents required by preferred universities as noted on the fellowship application. All supplementary materials must be in English. Certificate applicants: Academic transcripts or scores are not needed.
  • Inform your local Rotary district that you are applying for a peace fellowship, and request an interview. District endorsement is required to complete 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 endorsements are strongly encouraged but not required for applicants who have district support.
  • Prior to interviews, fill out the online application , attach the required supplementary materials (test scores, academic or professional recommendations, essays), and submit them to your Rotary district no later than 31 May.
  • Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
  • Receive notice of selection results in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will receive the name of the Peace Center where you will study.
  • Apply for admission to the university where you will study. Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.

Deadline: May 31, 2018.

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