Rotary Peace Fellowships 2025 – 2026

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Opportunity Description

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is intended for leaders with prior experience in peacekeeping and development. Their fellows are deeply committed to community, international service, and the pursuit of peace. Every year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 master’s degree fellowships and up to 80 certificate studies at prestigious universities.

The Rotary Peace Centers program prepares peace and development professionals to be effective peacemakers through academic training, practical experience, and global networking opportunities.

Brief Details:

  • Offered by: Rotary International
  • Deadline: 15 May 2024
  • Duration: 
    • Master’s degree programs: 15 to 24 months and include a two- to three-month field study
    • Professional development certificate program: one-year
  • Gender: Any
  • Number of Opportunity:  
    • Master’s degree programs: 50 Fellowship
    • Professional development certificate program: 80 Fellowships
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Eligible Countries: All

About Programs:

Master’s degree programs:

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The ideal applicant has a strong academic background, work experience in peace and development, and a bachelor’s degree in a related field. They are searching for early-career candidates who can read and research a great deal, who can actively engage with a diverse student body, and who show a commitment to peace and conflict resolution. Selected candidates have demonstrated past successes in peacebuilding and, as a result of the fellowship, have the potential to grow and make an impact as leaders in the field going forward. Candidates ought to be eager to share their own work and experiences following the program, keeping in touch with fellow peace fellows in their area and fostering close relationships with Rotary members.

Professional development certificate program:

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A seasoned mid-career leader in peace and development with at least five years of relevant work experience is the ideal applicant. Applicants must bring a social change project to the program that aims to advance development and peace in the program area. Additionally, they ought to have a clear idea of how the network and fellowship experience will further and amp up their peace work. Working professionals are the target audience for this program, which necessitates 11 weeks of on-site attendance. Fellows who successfully complete the program are awarded a postgraduate diploma. Candidates should be prepared to share their own work and experiences following the program, keeping in touch with local peace fellows and forging close bonds with Rotary members.

Benefits:

The fellowships cover the followings:

  • Tuition and fees,
  • Room and board,
  • Round-trip transportation, and
  • Internship and field-study expenses.

Eligibilities:

Master’s Degree Program:

  • Possess fluency in English
  • Possess an undergraduate degree
  • Possess a strong commitment to fostering peace and understanding between cultures, as demonstrated by your accomplishments in the workplace, classroom, and community.
  • Possess the capacity for leadership
  • Possess a minimum of three years of relevant full-time experience working for peace or development
  • The time between the end of the applicant’s most recent academic program—undergraduate or graduate—and the intended start date of the fellowship must be at least three years. Applicants who are enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs right now are not eligible to apply.
  • People with disabilities  are encouraged to apply.

You are not eligible if you are:

  • Active rotary members
  • Employees of Rotary club or district
  • Spouses and lineal descendent

Professional development certificate program:

  • Possess fluency in English
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree.
  • Possess a minimum of five years of relevant full-time experience working for peace or development
  • Possess a strong commitment to fostering peace and understanding between cultures, as demonstrated by your accomplishments in the workplace, classroom, and community.
  • Show off your leadership abilities.
  • Able to articulate how their strategy for fostering peace fits with Rotary’s mission
  • Applicants to Makerere University must be from Africa, have experience working there, support African communities or initiatives abroad, or exhibit a strong desire to learn about regional peacebuilding strategies.
  • Candidates to Bahçeşehir University must be from the Middle East or North Africa, have experience working there, currently work abroad with communities or projects related to these regions, or exhibit a strong desire to learn about regional peacebuilding strategies.
  • The time between the end of the applicant’s most recent academic program—undergraduate or graduate—and the intended start date of the fellowship must be at least three years. Applicants who are enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs right now are not eligible to apply.

Master’s Program University Partners:

Fellows can pursue a master’s degree in international development policy at Duke or a master’s degree in a variety of departments at the University of North Carolina. Additionally, Fellows at both universities can obtain a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from UNC.

The ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is renowned for its interdisciplinary curriculum and liberal arts approach. Fellows pursue a master’s degree in Peace Studies as part of the Public Policy and Social Research program.

Bradford University has the world’s largest Division of Peace Studies and International Development, which offers a variety of master’s degrees in peace, conflict, security, and development.

The Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs offers a master’s degree in international studies as well as peace and conflict studies.

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research provides a master’s degree in social science. It is well-known around the world for its free and open data collection on armed conflict and organized violence.

Professional Development Certificate Program University Partners:

The program combines theory, research, and practice for African peace and development leaders who have worked in Africa, work with African communities or initiatives outside of the continent, or have a strong desire to learn about peacebuilding in Africa. Fellows will learn how to influence policies and take action to improve society through positive peace.

The multidisciplinary program will train peacebuilders who are from the Middle East or North Africa, have worked in the region, work in other parts of the world with Middle Eastern or North African communities or initiatives, or have a strong interest in learning about peacebuilding in the region. Fellows will learn how to use their experience to effect meaningful change in society by developing groundbreaking ideas based on participatory approaches.

Documents Requirement:

The necessary paperwork for the 2025–26 Rotary Peace Fellowship is listed below. transcripts in English from every previous school (only for master’s applicants)

  • Degree from prior initiations (only for candidates seeking master’s degrees)
  • 300 words or less essays from candidates for master’s and certificate programs responding to the questions on the application
  • Plan for the Social Change Initiative (only candidates for certificates)
  • TOEFL/IELTS (Only for candidates seeking master’s degrees)
  • One academic for a master’s degree and two candidates for professional certificates are recommended.

Note: Kindly make sure you thoroughly read the Fellowship Application Guides.

How to Apply?

  • Submit a complete application package, including all materials mentioned above, by 15 May, midnight, as per the candidate’s local time zone․
  • After submission of the application package, Rotary Peace Centers staff will review applications for completeness and compliance with all eligibility and qualification requirements.
  • Then, the application will become available to the candidate’s Rotary endorser for an endorsement decision. Read detailed endorsement guides.
  • Before making their endorsement decision, the Rotary endorser will conduct an in-person or video conference interview with the candidate.
  • All eligible candidates will receive email notifications in November following the Rotary endorser’s submission of an endorsement decision to Rotary International.
  • Notifications regarding their Peace Center selection will be sent to the selected fellows.

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Selection criteria

When you submit the application, the eligibility requirements will be reviewed and qualified applicants move forward for further evaluation. The Rotary Peace Center Committee and university representative check the applications and select the finalists. The finalist will be informed in November.

Throughout the process, applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria;

  • Eligibility requirement qualification
  • English proficiency
  • Commitment to peace and development
  • Leadership potential
  • Compatibility with the objective of the rotary
  • Academic records

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Please visit the official website for more information about the Rotary Peace Fellowship.

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