Type of Funding

Fully funded




Each year, Rotary offers up to 100 Peace Fellowships each year at Rotary Peace Centers which are located within 7 leading universities around the world, to individuals who have a passion and commitment for international understanding and peace. Applications are being invited for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship, which increases the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through academic training, field experience, and professional networking. There are 2 types of peace fellowships: 1) Masters degree, and 2) Professional Development Certificate.

Fifty fellowships will be awarded to those who wish to pursue a Masters Degree in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution at 1 of the following 5 Universities:

  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where Fellows can earn a Masters degree in international development policy from Duke or a Masters from various departments at the University of North Carolina. In addition, Fellows at both universities can earn a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from UNC.
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, where Fellows pursue a Masters degree in Peace Studies within the Department of Public Policy and Social Research.
  • University of Bradford, Bradford, England, where several Masterss degrees related to peace, conflict, security, and development are offered in the Department of Peace Studies.
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where Fellows earn a Masters degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies at the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs.
  • Uppsala University, Sweden, where the Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a Masterss degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to armed conflict and organized violence.

Up to 50 fellowships are being awarded for the 3-month Professional Development Certificate program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, which includes 2 to 3 weeks of field study.


The fully funded Fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field study expenses.

Those undertaking the Masters Degree fellowships will undergo 15-24 months of Masters degree training at the universities as well as 2 to 3 months of self-designed applied field experience to develop practical skills. Fellows will also benefit from connecting with an international cohort of peace fellows, thought leaders, and a global network of Rotarians.

Fellows under the 3-month professional development program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand will benefit from a diverse interdisciplinary program which includes 8-weeks intensive classroom study with guest lecturers and up to 3 weeks of field studies.


Rotary is looking for people with excellent leadership skills who are strongly committed to international understanding and peace, as demonstrated through their professional and academic achievements as well as service to the community. All applicants must be proficient in English, and preferably also in a second language. They should be professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution.

Masters degree applicants must possess at least 3 years of related full-time work or volunteer experience as well as a Bachelors degree.

Certificate applicants need to have at least 5 years of related full-time work or volunteer experience. They should be social change leaders with extensive experience working in peace-related fields.


To apply for a Peace Fellowship, download the application form from the Rotary website and submit the completed form to a Rotary Club or district for endorsement. The deadline for districts to submit applications to Rotary International for AY 2020-21 is 1 July 2019, while the deadline for submitting to districts is 31 May 2019.

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