Fully-Funded Rotary Peace Fellowships

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The Rotary Peace Fellowships offer a unique opportunity for global peace and development leaders to pursue fully funded academic programs related to peace and conflict resolution.

Each year, Rotary selects up to 90 exceptional individuals from around the world to participate in this life-changing initiative.

The fellowship supports recipients in enrolling in either a Professional Development Certificate Program or a Master’s Degree Program at one of the participating peace centers in six countries – USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, and Uganda.

Scholarship Details: The Rotary Peace Fellowships provide up to 50 fellowships for Master’s degree programs and 40 for certificate studies annually. The scholarship covers all expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, as well as internship and field-study costs.

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Host Institutions and Programs: Recipients have the opportunity to study at renowned peace centers in the following institutions:

  1. Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA: Offers the Master of International Development Policy Program (MIDP) and various degrees offered by the University of North Carolina.
  2. International Christian University, Japan: Provides a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies.
  3. University of Bradford, England: Offers the Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution MA.
  4. University of Queensland, Australia: Provides the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS).
  5. Uppsala University, Sweden: Offers the Peace and Conflict Studies (MS.Sc.).
  6. Makerere University, Uganda: Provides a Post-Graduate Diploma in Peace and Development Studies (certificate program). Candidates from Uganda are allowed to study at the Rotary Peace Center at Makerere University.
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Eligibility Criteria: The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international development or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have three years of related work experience for the Master’s program, or five years of related work experience for the certificate program.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English (English language standardized test scores are required for non-native English speakers).
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (Master’s candidates must provide transcripts).
  • Exhibit leadership skills and a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace.
  • For Makerere University applicants, they must either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or be involved in initiatives benefiting African communities outside the continent.
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Application Process: Although applications for this year are currently closed, interested candidates can apply when applications reopen. The deadline for candidates to submit their applications to their respective Rotary district is 15 May 2023. To apply and for more detailed information, candidates should visit the official scholarship website at


The Rotary Peace Fellowships provide an exceptional opportunity for peace and development leaders to enhance their expertise and contribute to global peace and conflict resolution efforts. With fully funded academic programs at prestigious institutions worldwide, this fellowship empowers individuals to make a significant impact in their communities and beyond. If you are a passionate advocate for peace, be sure to explore this opportunity and consider applying when the applications open again.

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