About Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship for Master’s Program
The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.
Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship for Master’s Program Eligibility Criteria
Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. The following people are not eligible for the fellowship:
1. Active Rotary members
2. Employees of a Rotary club or district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
3. 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
4. Former Rotary members and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of their resignation)
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. Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate program, Master’s program, or a Global Grant Scholarship, must wait three years between the end date of that program and their intended start date for the fellowship.
Between July and October, the Rotary Peace Centers Committee, composed of Rotarians and university representatives, screens applications and selects the ﬁnalists based on the following criteria:
1. Commitment to peace and development
2. Leadership potential
3. Compatibility with fellowship objectives and fit with Rotary
4. Feasibility and impact of Social Change Initiative (Certificate only).
The 2024-25 Rotary Peace Fellowship application will be available in February, 2023. Every year, districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.
1. Review the eligibility restrictions.
2. Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centers. You will be asked to rank two centers you prefer for the Master’s program and up to two centers for the certificate program if you meet the eligibility criteria for both programs.
3. Engage with Rotary. Use the Club Finder to locate the Rotary club nearest you. Connecting with a club is a great way to learn about Rotary’s work in your community and around the world. A club recommendation is optional, but strongly recommended as part of your application.
4. Submit your application by 15 May. Applications require a resume, academic and/or professional recommendations, essays, transcripts, social impact plan (certificate only), and test scores (master’s only). All materials must be in English.
5. Get endorsed. In early June, if your application meets the qualification and eligibility criteria, it will be automatically assigned to a trained Rotary endorser who is either a member of a District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee, a member of a Rotary club, or a Rotary Peace Fellow program alumnus.
Your assigned endorser will reach out to you to schedule an interview during the month of June. After your interview, the Rotary endorser will submit an endorsement decision for your application by 1 July.
6. Await selection results. Email notifications will be sent in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Center you will study.
7. Apply for admission (master’s only) to the university where your Peace Center is located. Being selected for the fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.