Rotary Peace Fellowships

Service Above Self

Rotary is one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations, with over 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary club members, who come from all political, social, and religious backgrounds, are united in their mission to promote international understanding, supported by Rotary's humanitarian and educational programs.  Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of cultural, educational, and service activities in their own communities and abroad to provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, schooling, and youth outreach to millions of people in need. Rotary volunteers also travel the world, lending their technical expertise and knowledge where they are most needed to alleviate hardship and address humanitarian problems.

Promoting World Peace

One of the ways Rotary builds world understanding is through international scholarships and vocational exchange programs.  Every year, Rotary sends up to 1,000 students and professionals to study abroad in more than 60 countries.  Rotary's Peace Fellowship program alumni work in a range of areas including grassroots and nongovernmental organizations, national governments, militaries, police forces, and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Organization for Migration, and Organization of American States.  Graduates also enjoy the support of a growing worldwide network of fellow alumni committed to building peace.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders who promote national and international cooperation and peace in their careers and throughout their lives.  The Rotary Peace Fellowship offers qualified individuals the opportunity to earn either a master's degree in a variety of fields or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.  

How to recruit candidates at the Rotary District 5930

As Rotarians, we celebrate Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution as an Area of Focus by funding Rotary Peace Fellowships.  Please recruit the finest candidates in District 5930 for this opportunity. There are two different programs, the Master's in Peace and Development Studies and the Professional Development Certificate.
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.
  • The fellowship will pay for tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, applied field experience expenses, and health insurance.
  • Students will enroll in the 15-24 month master's in peace and development studies programs at one of the six designated Rotary Peace Center Institutions
Rotary Peace Center Institutions offering master's degree
  • the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • University of Bradford, Bradford, England
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina, Durham and Chapel Hill, USA
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 intended for working professionals. Fellows earn a post-graduate diploma upon completion of the program.
  • The fellowship will pay for tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and Field-Study expenses.
  • The certificate program offers a preliminary online course, a 10-week on-site course, field studies, a social change initiative, and a one-week on-site capstone seminar.
Rotary Peace Center Institutions offering the professional development certificate
  • Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
While applications for the 2024-25 Rotary Peace Fellowship will open in February of 2023, our district must submit endorsed applications to the Rotary Foundation by July 1st of 2023.  Please note that these fellowships may not be Rotary members, employees, spouses, or lineal descendants of living Rotarians.  While Rotarians are urged to live up to all of these principles, our fellowships seek out people in the community that are committed to peace and development, have leadership potential, and have at least 3 years since their last completed academic degree.
For more information, please contact John Kilburn at or 956-326-3221 or see the links here.