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Fully-Funded Rotary Peace Scholarships, 2023

Fully-Funded Rotary Peace Scholarships, 2023

Fully-Funded Rotary Peace Scholarships, 2023

The Rotary Peace Centres’ program strengthens the ability of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace via academic training, practice, and worldwide networking opportunities. Tuition, fees, housing and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses are all covered by the fellowships.

Each year, Rotary selects up to 130 international peace and development leaders to receive fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program or Masters Degree Program in peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers around the world (USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda).

The Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,500 fellows who now operate in over 115 countries since the program began in 2002. Many are leaders in governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), educational and scientific institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies, and international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

Level/Field of study:

Professional Development Certificate Program or Master’s Degree Program in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention

Host Institution(s):

Important Note: With the exception of applicants from Thailand, who may attend the center at Chulalongkorn University, and candidates from Uganda, who may attend the center at Makerere University, fellowship winners may not study at a Rotary Peace Center in their native country.

Fully-Funded Rotary Peace Scholarships, 2023

Target group:

Anyone endorsed by their local Rotary District.

No. of Scholarships:

Up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree and 80 for certificate studies are awarded each year.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.


Professionals with work experience in international relations, peace and conflict prevention and resolution are eligible for the Rotary Peace Fellowship. The following conditions must also be met by applicants:

  • Have three years of related work experience for the master’s program
    • Have five years of related work experience for the certificate program and be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission (Candidates for Makerere University must either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.)
    • Be proficient in English
    • Have a bachelor’s degree
    • Demonstrate leadership skills
    • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.

How to Apply for the Fully-Funded Rotary Peace Scholarships

Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.

  1. Review the .
  2. Research the curriculum and programs at each of the . You will be asked to rank two centers you prefer for the Master’s program and up to two centers for the certificate program if you meet the eligibility criteria for both programs.
  3. Engage with Rotary. Use the  to locate the Rotary club nearest you. Connecting with a club is a great way to learn about Rotary’s work in your community and around the world. A club recommendation is optional, but strongly recommended as part of your application.
  4. Submit your application by 15 May. Applications require a resume, academic and/or professional recommendations, essays, transcripts, social impact plan (certificate only), and test scores (master’s only). All materials must be in English.
  5. Get endorsed. In early June, if your application meets the qualification and eligibility criteria, it will be automatically assigned to a trained Rotary endorser who is either a member of a District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee, a member of a Rotary club, or a Rotary Peace Fellow program alumnus. Your assigned endorser will reach out to you to schedule an interview during the month of June. After your interview, the Rotary endorser will submit an endorsement decision for your application by 1 July.
  6. Await selection results. Email notifications will be sent in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Center you will study.
  7. Apply for admission (master’s only) to the university where your Peace Center is located. Being selected for the fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.

Application instructions:

The deadline for candidates to submit applications to their respective Rotary district is 15 May 2022. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July 2022.

It is important to read the complete application instructions and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Scholarship Website:



  • How to Apply: To be eligible for this funding package, a candidate must apply and be admitted into the graduate program. See: How to Apply for Scholarships in Canada for useful tips on how to apply.
  • Supporting Documents: Prospective applicants must prepare their documents such as academic transcripts and diplomas, academic references, resume and statement of intent. Check the Required documents for graduate school applications
  • Admission Requirements: Eligible applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements. Note that admission into the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements is no guarantee of being admitted into the program. See our Guide on Applying to Schools Abroad with Scholarships


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