The Rotary World Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships to peace and development leaders from around the world to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and development studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace.

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Academic/professional recommendations
  • Essays
  • Transcript(s) (master's only)
  • English proficiency test scores (master's only) 
  • Social impact plan (certificate only)

What they’re looking for

  • Master's program:

    • Active rotary members
    • Employees of a rotary club or district
  • Fellowship program:
    • Proficient in English
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Five years of full-time relevant experience in peace or development work
    • Strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding
    • Demonstrate leadership skills
    • Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary's mission

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for global leaders with work experience in peace and development. Rotary fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.The Rotary Foundation seeks to invest in early-career candidates for the master’s degree program with at least three years of relevant experience, and mid-career candidates for the certificate program with at least five years of relevant experience. 

Candidates must have at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are not eligible to apply.

Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Social Sciences
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen