National deadline: District-endorsed Rotary World Peace Fellowship applications for 2015-16 are due to The Rotary Foundation by July 1, 2015.  Local deadlines vary by district.  Applications for 2015-16 will be available in December 2014 or January 2015.


  • 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: 

Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. Two types of peace fellowships are available:

Master's degree
We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15­–24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Each year we award up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:

Professional development certificate
For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, we offer a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.

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 internship 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