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Rotary Peace Fellowships 

Each year, Rotary awards fully funded fellowships for peacebuilders from diverse backgrounds to study at one of our peace centers located at premier universities around the world. This year, we’ll select 50 peace fellows to study in our master’s degree programs and 40 fellows to earn a professional development certificate. 

Our more than 1,600 program alumni work in over 140 countries and serve as leaders in governments and nongovernmental organizations, education and research, law enforcement and the military, as well as in international organizations dedicated to peace. Rotary Peace Fellows use their training to amplify their work at the local, regional, or global level. Clubs and districts can partner with them on peacebuilding initiatives before, during, and after their fellowships. 

The fellowships pay for tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field study expenses for either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate. The centers provide customized studies and offer field-based learning opportunities. 

Learn more about Rotary’s peacebuilding history

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 design and carry out a social change initiative. This program is intended for working professionals. Fellows earn a post-graduate diploma upon completion of the program. 

Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowships. 

Peace Fellowship Applications for 2023: 

Rotary International are now accepting Rotary Peace Fellowship applications for the 2024-25 academic year. Candidates have until 15 May 2023 to submit applications to The Foundation. Eligibility criteria are clearly stated in the link below and are strictly adhered to.  A rigorous selection process is followed, and successful candidates are informed in November 2023.   

Candidates have until 15 May to submit applications to The Rotary Foundation. 

Learn more about the Peace Fellowships Application. 

The Role of Rotary Members 

Rotary and Rotaract members can get involved by: 

Taking the All About the Rotary Peace Fellowship course to learn about the qualification criteria, eligibility restrictions, the application process, and more 

Forwarding the fellowship announcement to your contacts and including it in club and district communications 

Using our referral form to tell us about potential candidates so we can contact them 

Sharing a PowerPoint presentation about the fellowships with your club members and community 

Following the Rotary Peace Centers Facebook page and sharing our posts 

Rotary members, Clubs and districts have the power to shape the next generation of peace leaders both by recruiting and nominating peace fellows, and by keeping them engaged after the fellowship ends. 

Every Rotary year, district governors appoint a District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee Chair to oversee the Rotary Peace Fellowship application and endorsement process. The subcommittee chairs, along with additional trained Rotary endorsers, interview candidates and submit endorsement decisions. Rotary endorsement is required before The Rotary Foundation can consider a candidate. Clubs help by recommending and coaching qualified candidates. 

Learn more about the role of Rotary Members 

Rotary Club The Hague Metropolitan (RCTHM) 

RCTHM has promoted the Peace Fellowships for a few years now and plays a key role in our District 1600 via Chairmanship of the District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee. Ideally, we are seeking candidates who are resident in our area and who we may be able to support with their application. Interested parties should contact us via email at peacefellowships@rcthm.org for advice and support. 

Other Useful Links: 

Rotary International Home Page 

Rotary Peace Centers Facebook 

The Rotary Foundation 

Application Details 

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