Peace Scholars

Peace Scholars

Rotary Peace Scholars are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.Scholars are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers.The Rotary Foundation sponsors two programs for Peace Scholars.

Building the leaders of tomorrow

Master’s Program – 24 Months

  • Five Peace Centers worldwide
  • Some programs offer a 15 -month course
  • Study timelines differ according to each university’s schedule
  • 10 new fellows at each center each year, up to 50 per year
  • Two to three month applied field experience during summer break

Strengthening Today’s Leaders

Professional Development Certificate – 3 Months

  • One center, one university – Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Two sessions per year from January-April & June-August
  • Up to 25 fellows in each session, up to 50 per year
  • Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum

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Rotary Peace Scholars

Rotary Peace Fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention
and resolution. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.

Eligibility requirements

  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal
    or community service
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background

Eligibility Restrictions

Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. The following people are not eligible for the master’s degree program:

  • Active Rotary members
  • Employees of a Rotary club or district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
  • Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents
    or grandparents by blood) of any living person in these categories
  • Former Rotary members and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of their resignation)

Recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships or professional development certificate fellowships must wait three years after completion
of the scholarship or fellowship to apply for the master’s degree program.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program.

Complete information and applications can be found at Rotary Peace Fellowships.
Be sure to review your proposed application with club and district leaders before submitting it online. 

Peace Scholars Resources

Rotary International Resources

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