Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for leaders to undertake university study in peace and conflict resolution
Through application of their training, study, networking, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution. Many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, peace education, media, international organisations like the United Nations and World Bank, and grass roots organisations working in communities.
Rotary International is committed to this program. Since 2002 more than 1,100 graduates have been trained.
The Fellowship includes
• Tuition and fees
• Room and board
• Round-trip transportation
• Internship/field study expenses
• Bursary for living expenses
Masters DegreeUp to two years of fully funded graduate study at an internationally recognised program in England (University of Bradford), Japan (International Christian University), Sweden (Uppsala University), or United States (Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Professional CertificateThe Professional Development Certificate is designed for mid-career professionals already working in the field of peace and conflict resolution. This fully funded course at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok offers a mix of theory and practical skills in both a classroom environment and in the field.
Eligibility and selection criteria
Applicants for Rotary Peace Fellowships must have the following:
- A strong commitment to peace-building demonstrated through professional and academic achievements.
- Excellent leadership skills.
- Proficiency in English.
- For the master’s program, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus three years of full-time relevant work experience.
- For the certificate program, a strong academic background, plus five years of full-time relevant work experience.
Our recent Fellowship recipients
Prior to the fellowship, I was working as a Regional Humanitarian Adviser for the UN World Food Program Regional Office in Bangkok. I have over 12 years experience in the humanitarian sector working for UN agencies, government, NGOs and the Red Cross. I am a strong advocate for equality and inclusion and providing a voice for marginalised and vulnerable groups. The majority of my field work has been in the Middle East and working on the Iraqi and Syrian refugee crises in particular. As an experienced practitioner, I am now looking to draw on my field experience and advance my research interests in conflict prevention and resolution in the Middle East.
I was inspired to start volunteering with my local Red Cross Emergency Services team in Australia after the 2009 Black Saturday bush-fires in Victoria. It is a volunteering journey that has now taken me all over the world responding to disaster events and humanitarian issues. I am now based in the Pacific Islands working for the International Federation of the Red Cross as a Logistics Manager and looking forward to starting the Fellowship in 2019 at Duke University, North Carolina. The Fellowship is an incredibly generous opportunity that will update my skills and knowledge, expand my professional networks and give me the confidence to tackle the humanitarian challenges of the future. I feel very lucky to be selected for the Fellowship and excited about the journey ahead.
Before embarking on the Fellowship, I was the Police Commander for the Brimbank area in Melbourne. It was a vibrant, exciting area that encapsulates the benefits, opportunities and challenges of migration and multiculturalism. What I thought I knew about peace building in that context was substantially enhanced through the experiential learning at the Chula program. Since the program, the unique, immersive leadership development aspects in the syllabus have assisted me to work as a senior manager in rural and remote communities and within the counter terrorism environment as a Superintendent. I encourage anyone looking to enhance their skills as positive influencers of community resilience to apply for the fellowship and support Rotary’s critical work.
How to apply
Rotary Peace Fellows are selected through a competitive worldwide process.
A Rotarian that you know or contact us before applying. Please see contact details below.
The entire application online HERE.
Please note that all applications for study require District Rotary level endorsement.
For more information or to start the application process
Please contact coordinators Rob Helme or Bob Fels, or Tania Miletic (Peace Fellow alumni), using our inquiry form below or give us a call.