Rotary World Peace Fellowship


In these uncertain times, there is a growing demand for well-trained international leaders to promote national and international cooperation and peace throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.  The challenges of the 21st century require people skilled in the art of diplomacy, mediation, and conflict resolution.  The Rotary World Peace Fellowship Program was developed to meet this very need.  Rotary is seeking non-Rotarian professionals interested in expanding their knowledge in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies and conflict resolution, or a related field.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships (50 master’s degree fellowships and 50 professional development certification fellowships) are offered on a competitive basis at six prestigious Rotary Centers around the world.

Participation in the master’s degree program provides the following:

  • Two years of Rotary-funded graduate study toward a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution at one of  five Rotary Centers.
  • Training in the root causes of conflict, theories of international relations, and effective models of cooperation, conflict resolution, and negotiation.
  • A growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations and private corporations.

These Rotary-sponsored master’s degree fellowship programs are offered at the following university centers:

University of Queensland, Australia
International Christian University, Japan
Uppsala University, Sweden
University of Bradford, United Kingdom
Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Candidates already working in the field of peace and conflict studies may opt for the three-month professional development certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  Both fellowship programs require, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field as well as three years of relevant work experience for admission to the master’s degree program and five years for admission to the professional development certificate.

Alumni from the Ambassadorial Scholarship, Group Study Exchange, and the University Teachers programs make excellent candidates for the Rotary Peace Fellowship.  Over thirty Ambassadorial Scholars and Group Study Exchange team members have gone on to become Rotary Peace Fellows.

If the fellowship is not for you, you may know someone who would be an excellent candidate.  Please share this information with alumni, as well as business associates, local universities, service organization, religious institutions, and community groups that may know of individuals interested in conflict resolution and diplomacy.  For eligibility and application information, prospective applicants should click on

Rotarians and kin of Rotarians are not eligible to apply to this fellowship program. Rotaract members are eligible to apply if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

Candidates for the 2016-18 two-year master’s program or the 2016 or 2017 certificate program should send their completed applications to a local Rotary club no later than May 1, 2015.  After completing a successful interview with members of the local Rotary club, applications that have been endorsed by a local club president and are sent to the following address no later than May 31, 2015:

Melvin Platt
Chair, Rotary District 6080 Scholarship/Fellowship Committee
712 Eastlake Drive
Columbia, MO 65203

If endorsed by the District World Peace Fellowship Committee, an online application must be submitted to no later than July 1, 2015.

Additional information about the World Peace Fellowship Program is available on this webpage and on the Rotary Foundation website above.  Specific questions can be directed to the above address or to Rotary Foundation personnel at