Rotary World Peace Fellowships

Applications are invited for Rotary Peace Fellowships awarded in 2018 for the academic year in 2019

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals, who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying.

 Two types of Fellowships are offered:

  1. Masters Degree program (15-24 months courses) at one of the following University Rotary Peace Centres:
  1. Professional Development Certificate (3 months at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
Up to 50 Masters Degree Fellowships and 50 Professional Development Certificate Fellowships are awarded annually.
Both programs provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board plus other limited expenses.


The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Rotary Fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.
Applicants must also meet the following 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 need a minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience and a bachelor's degree.
  • Certificate applicants need a minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience and a strong academic background.


Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. The following people are not eligible for the master's degree program:
  • Active and honorary 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 Professional Development Certificate program.
Applications are to be submitted in the first instance to local Rotary Clubs.  Whilst applicants can make initial online enquiries from The Rotary Foundation, he/she will be referred to a local Club for further action.
The selection process involves a Rotary Club interview and nomination to District 9685. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to have a stringent assessment process, recognising that an outstanding track record in academic achievement and relevant experience in international relations, peace and conflict resolution are essential criteria.

Nominations from Rotary Clubs must be received by District 9685 by 30th April 2016


(please forward to Rotary District 9685 Office, PO Box 143, Pennant Hills NSW 1715).

District interviews and endorsements will take place in May-June, 2016 and nominations will be forwarded to The Rotary Foundation by the cut-off date, July 1, 2016
Successful applicants are advised directly by The Rotary Foundation in late October to early November 2016 for the academic year in 2017. Full details and online application forms are available from
further information contact PP Martin Silink AO, Chairman, District 9685 Peace Fellowship Committee, Tel 04 0080 4948 , email: