Rotary Peace Fellowships - Call for Applications

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 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 1,300 graduates have been trained.


The Fellowship includes

• Tuition and fees
• Room and board
• Round-trip transportation
• Internship/field study expenses
• Insurance

Masters Degree

Up 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 Certificate

The 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 and Makerere University Kampala offers a mix of theory and practical skills in both a classroom environment and in the field.



How to apply

Rotary Peace Fellows are selected through a competitive worldwide process.



    VISIT the International Rotary Website.
    VISIT the District 9800 Rotary Website.
    MORE about the Masters's Degree Programs
    MORE about the Certificate Programs


    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 Rotary Club and District level endorsements. We recommend speaking with us first to assist with your application




For more information or to start the application process

Please contact coordinators Dr Carol Bond or Bob Fels using our inquiry/contact us form below.

Alternatively, call the Rotary Melbourne Office on (03) 9654 7242 .



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



Anggia Anggrauni Burchill

My experience in coordinating the humanitarian relief response to the communities affected by the February 2018 earthquake in Papua New Guinea while serving with UN Women instilled the passion to work in peacebuilding. During my time in the highlands, the dignity and resilience of the women in the earthquake affected areas who also suffered most from pervasive inter-group conflict taught me that women’s roles in the family and the community are vital keys to peace building. It was an absolute privilege to be awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship. We were endowed with the theoretical underpinnings and exposed to the complexities of global peace and conflict transformation processes. I’m looking forward to applying these skills and knowledge to my humanitarian service in Asia and Pacific particularly in terms of ensuring that the rights and opportunities of women and disadvantaged groups are being realized in conflict transformation.


Catherine Harris

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.


Chris Gilbert

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.



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