Rotary Scholarship


PLEASE NOTE: for official information, specific details, and updated deadlines and instructions, please check the organization’s website and current application forms; if you have problems or questions, please contact us.


  • There are three levels of application consideration: club level, district level, and world level:
  • You apply to the club nearest you; deadlines vary
  • Clubs submit their shortlist to the district level and disctricts submit their shortlists to the world level by 1 July


  • The purpose of the Rotary Centers program is to:
    • Support and advance research, teaching, publication, and practical field experience on issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding
    • Inspire people to work for a culture of peace and tolerance while enhancing their capacity, knowledge, and skill by generating interaction between practitioners and academics
    • Provide advanced international education opportunities in the area of peace and conflict resolution
    • Provide a means for The Rotary Foundation and Rotarians to increase their effectiveness in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples, leading to world understanding and peace
  • The Rotary Centers program is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution, who already have work experience in these areas, and who have real potential to positively impact our world. For example, individuals active in journalism, education, civil service, nongovernmental organizations, diplomacy, mediation work, and the military may be strong candidates for the Rotary World Peace Fellowships. Applicants are required to research individual university Web sites for specific admission requirements and current information about curriculum.
  • Each year, up to 110 Rotary World Peace Fellowships (60 master’s degree fellowships and 50 professional development certificate fellowships) are offered on a competitive basis at seven Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with eight leading universities (centers offer master’s degree unless noted otherwise):

  1. Chulalongkorn University , Bangkok, Thailand (professional development center)
  2. Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , USA
  3. International Christian University , Tokyo, Japan
  4. Universidad del Salvador , Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. University of Bradford , West Yorkshire, England
  6. University of California, Berkeley , USA
  7. University of Queensland , Brisbane, Australia

  • Fellows 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. Learn more about program eligibility and deadlines
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  • Applicants can choose from two Rotary World Peace Fellowship options:

Master’s degree
Six centers, seven universities
15- to 24-month course
Study timelines differ according to each university’s schedule
Up to 10 new fellows at each center each year; up to 60 fellows per year
Two- to three-month practical internship during summer break
Building the leaders of tomorrow

Professional development certificate
One center, one university
3-month course
Two sessions per year (January-April and June-August)
Up to 25 new fellows in each session; up to 50 fellows per year
Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum
Strengthening the leaders of today

Eligibility and Restrictions:

  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • A bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience as a minimum, with strong academic achievement
  • A minimum of three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master’s degree) or five years’ relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
  • Proficiency in a second language (master’s degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary World Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure:

  1. download application form above
  2. complete and submit to your local rotary club (locate the nearest club on the rotary website)
  3. if selected, they will contact you for an interview
  4. if shortlisted, your application will be forwarded to the district and possibly world levels

Required Attachments:

  1. attachments vary according to the university you will apply to attend; see application above for the specific criteria for each location