Rotary Peace Fellows

Rotary Peace Fellowship for Dedicated Leaders around the World, 2022-23

Deadline: 15th May, 2021

Rotary is awarding up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Since 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,400 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement; and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is for leaders with work experience in peace and development. The fellows commit to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities each year.

The Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. This is done through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

The Programs

Master’s degree programs

Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The programs last 15 to 24 months and include a two- to three-month field study, which participants design themselves.

Professional development certificate program

During the one-year blended learning program, experienced peace and development professionals with diverse backgrounds gain practical skills to promote peace within their communities and across the globe. Fellows complete field studies, and they also design and carry out a social change initiative. This program is for working professionals.


For Masters Degree Fellowship Program

The ideal candidate is academically strong, has a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and has work experience in peace and development.

Must be early-career candidates that demonstrate a commitment to peace and conflict resolution; are able to undertake extensive reading and research, and are able to participate actively within a diverse cohort of students.

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Master’s degree candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service.
  • Potential for leadership.
  • Have at least three years of full-time experience in peace or development work.

Professional development certificate program

The ideal candidate is a proven mid-career peace and development leader with at least five years of relevant work experience.

The candidates need join to the program with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the program region. They must also have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact.

This program is intended for working professionals and requires 11 weeks of on-site participation.

Certificate candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission
  • Candidates for Makerere University: Either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.

The Rotary encourages people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply. Rotary provides reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities.

For more information on the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program, visit the official webpage here.

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