Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our Peace Centers.

District 7450 supports the Rotary Peace Fellowship program by guiding, interviewing, and serving as the required District sponsor for qualified applicants. The deadline for applications is May 31st.

Promoting peace is one of Rotary’s main causes. The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship, which covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict by offering academic training, field experience, and professional networking.

Up to 130 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and development studies at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities around the world.

More than 1,300 program alumni are working in more than 115 countries as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, social enterprises, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

Master’s Degree

    • 15-24 month program, small-group classroom learning, in fields related to peace and development
    • Intended for leaders near the start of their careers
    • 50 fellows selected annually to study at one of five Rotary Peace Centers at partner universities, which offer interdisciplinary curricula with research-informed teaching
    • 2-3 month field study experience to develop practical skills
    • Fellows connect with an international cohort of fellows, thought leaders, and a global network of Rotarians

Professional Development Certificate 

    • Yearlong program that blends online learning, in-person classes, and an independent project, based at a Rotary Peace Center in Thailand or Uganda
    • Intended for social change leaders with extensive experience working in peace-related fields
    • 80 fellows selected annually to earn a certificate in peace and development studies
    • Interdisciplinary program includes a two-week online preliminary course, 10 weeks of on-site courses with field studies, a nine-month period during which fellows implement a social change initiative (with interactive online sessions), and an on-site capstone seminar


Qualified candidates must:

    • Have five years of related work experience for the certificate program and be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission
    • Be proficient in English
    • Have a bachelor’s degree
    • Demonstrate leadership skills
    • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace
    • Have three years of related work experience for the master’s program

The online Application is available here and should be submitted by May 31st.

District 7450 is proud to support this program and encourages applicants.  If you are interested in applying, please contact the District 7450 Peace Fellowship Chair, who can answer questions and help you navigate the process.

Joy Charlton
Chair, Peace Fellowships Subcommittee
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