Professional development certificate program
Is the professional development certificate program right for me?
The ideal candidate is a proven mid-career peace and development leader with at least five years of relevant work experience. Candidates need to come to the program with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the program region, and have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact. This program is intended for working professionals and requires 11 weeks of on-site participation. After the program, candidates should be willing to share their own work and experience, staying in touch with peace fellows in the region and maintaining strong connections with Rotarians.
Certificate candidates must also:
- Be proficient in English
- Have a bachelor’s degree
- Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
- Demonstrate leadership skills
- Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission
- Candidates for Makerere University: Either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.
We encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply. Rotary provides reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities.
Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program, or a Global Grant Scholarship, must wait three years between the end date of that program and their intended start date for the fellowship. Additionally, candidates must have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience between the completion of a previous academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship.
Learn more about eligibility restrictions.
Preliminary online course
Program begins: A two week preliminary online course
A ten week on-site course with field studies
Social change initiative (guide)
A nine month social change initiative with interactive online sessions
Program ends: A one-week on-site capstone seminar which overlaps with incoming cohort
The interdisciplinary program, a comparative global and Asia-Pacific regional focus, balances theoretical learning with practical skills building by capitalizing on the professional experiences of expert lecturers and global field practitioners.
The program integrates theory, research, and practice for peace and development leaders who are from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent. Fellows will learn how to influence policies and initiate action to transform society through positive peace.
“The Rotary Peace Fellowship program came at a point in my life where I wanted to validate my work. Some of the skills I took back from the fellowship include better communication in the nonviolent space. I feel supported by this community and can reach out to any peace fellow in the world.” — ElsaMarie D’Silva, CEO, Red Dot Foundation
“I found the Rotary Peace Fellowship program because of my interest in prevention of trauma and abuse and wanted to learn more about peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and mediation since a large part of trauma is related to interpersonal violence.” — Sombat Tapanya, clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Chiang Mai University
“The fellowship opened up my thinking, created new pathways, provided a new set of tools, and most important, opened up a whole new network of people and resources.” — Charlie Allen, Director of Partnerships, Institute for Economics and Peace