Program Overview

Up to 50 Rotary World Peace Fellowships for master's degree study and up to 50 Rotary World Peace Fellowships for professional development certificate study are offered annually on a world-competitive basis for study at the six Rotary Centers. Rotary World Peace Fellows obtain a master's degree in international relations, peace studies, conflict resolution, and related areas or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Through their unique and diverse interdisciplinary programs, the six Rotary Centers provide academic and practical training to better equip peace fellows for leadership roles in solving the many problems that contribute to conflict around the world.


Fellowship Types

Master's degree

Professional development certificate

Five centers, six universities

One center, one university

15- to 24-month course

3-month course

Study time lines 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 practical internship during summer break

Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum

Building the leaders of tomorrow

Strengthening the leaders of today


How does one apply?

Application must be made through a local Rotary club in the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply. The scholarship selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. After receiving applications, Rotary clubs forward their candidates to the Rotary district level for competition.


Club deadlines

Clubs must allow enough time for a district interview and selection process to meet the deadline for submission of the nominee to The Rotary Foundation by July 1 each year.  Exact dates for the District timeline will be shared each year by the Foundation Sub Chair for Peace Scholars.


  • In anticipation of the upcoming selection cycle, Clubs should be seeking candidates in the November/December time frame each year.

  • Application forms for the next selection cycle will be available to the Clubs in the January time frame each year and they can begin accepting applications and interviewing candidates for the following year's Fellowships.

  • Applications for Club endorsed candidates must be received by the District in the March/April time frame.

  • District interviews of finalists will be conducted in the May/June time frame and nominees will be forwarded to RI no later than July 1.

Several Clubs in our District have participated in this program.


This is a Rotary Foundation Program. There is no direct cost to your Club or the District.