Rotary Peace Fellowship

National deadline: District-endorsed Rotary World Peace Fellowship applications are due to The Rotary Foundation by July 1.  Local deadlines vary by district.  Applications for 2015 will be available in December 2013 or January 2014.


  • strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • bachelor's degree in a related field
  • minimum of three years' combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master's degree) or five years' relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
  • proficiency in a second language (master's degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
  • strong leadership skills

Award summary and conditions: Rotary World Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Each year, up to 100 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at seven Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities (centers offer master's degree unless noted otherwise):

  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (professional development center)
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden,
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers.

Applicants can choose from two Rotary World Peace Fellowship options:

Master's degree

Professional development certificate

Six center, seven universities

One center, one university

15- to 24-month course

3-month course

Study timelines differ according to each university's schedule

Two sessions per year (January-April and June-August)

UP to 10 new fellows at each center each year; up to 60 fellows per year

Up to 25 new fellows in each session; up to 50 fellows per year

Two-to three-month intership during the summer break

Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into the curriculum

Building the leaders of tomorrow

Strengthening the leaders of today

Application process: The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition. Interested candidates must apply for Rotary World Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary club.

Applications: electronic applications are encouraged.  Applications are available at:

Faculty representative: Keith Raether