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Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

Applications now being accepted for 2016



Each year, Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. Annually Rotary funds up to 100 individuals to earn either a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies or a master’s degree in a range of disciplines related to peace and security at one of our 7 partnering universities.

The goal of the Rotary Peace Centers is to increase the capacity of existing and committed peace builders through academic training, hands on field experiences, and global networking opportunities. Each Rotary Peace Center has something unique to offer. Each center focuses on the strengths of the universities and offers its own customized curriculum and field-based opportunities that examine peace and conflict theory through various frameworks.The 2016-17 academic term deadline is 31 May 2015

To date, there are nearly 900 program alumni, 95% of which are working in fields related to peace and conflict resolution in over 100 countries. They work in a variety of capacities from leaders of grass-roots organizations to high-level positions with national governments, the UN and the World Bank.


Qualified candidates have:

  • For the master’s program, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus three years of related work experience
  • For the certificate program, a strong academic background, plus five years of related work experience
  • Proficiency in English
  • For the master’s program, proficiency in a second language (strongly recommended)
  • Excellent leadership skills



Rotary offers master’s degree fellowships at leading universities in fields related to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Programs last 15­–24 months with a required 2–3 months practical internship. Each year up to 50 master’s fellowships are awarded for study at the following partner institutions: 


“My fellowship experience gave me not only the analytical tools to deal with complex conflict situations in the countries where we work but also a lasting network of professional connections that continues to serve me in my personal and professional development.”  — Dana Brown (Rotary Peace Fellow 2006-08, Executive Director of Witness for Peace in Washington, DC)  


For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, Rotary offers a three month professional development program in peace and conflict studies located at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Led by experts in the field, the program balances theoretical and practical learning while capitalizing on the diverse experience of both lecturers and participants. There are two sessions each year made up of 25 fellows each session. Each session also includes a three week field study.     



The map below shows the approximate distribution location of the 900 Rotary Peace Fellows working in over 100 countries around the world. Peace fellows are scattered across the globe on every continent.


“My learning, experience, and exposure in Europe as a Rotary Peace Fellow was the main motivation and inspiration to come back to my country and work for peace and conflict resolution in Pakistan”  — Maria Saifuddin Effendi (Rotary Peace Fellow 2006-08, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at National Defense University, Islamabad)

“The Rotary Peace Fellowship program has inspired me to the possibilities of making the world a better place for my generation.” — Wisdom Addo (Chulalongkorn 2012, Executive Director at West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation, Ghana)

“There is rarely a week that goes by where I don’t use the skills that I gained at the Rotary Peace Center. You never leave the peace program! After so many years of operation, there is a real community of peace fellows out there, dedicated to the cause.” — David Chick (Duke-UNC 2007, Director of the Peace and Conflict Section of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

“At the Rotary Peace Center, I studied human rights, conflict, public policy and international development affairs. Without this knowledge, my work in Myanmar would be difficult.” — Aung Aung (Duke/UNC 2011,Political Officer of Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar

2 Responses

  1. I was unable to attend the webinar/info. session on the WbW/Rotary “Peace Education and Impact Project. Is it possible to receive an electronic copy of the session? Thanks.
    Murray Luft
    Victoria, BC

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