Master's degree programs
Is the master’s degree fellowship right for me?
The ideal candidate is academically strong, has a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and has work experience in peace and development. We are looking for early-career candidates who demonstrate a commitment to peace and conflict resolution, can undertake extensive reading and research, and can participate actively within a diverse cohort of students. Successful candidates have a record of prior achievements in peacebuilding as well as the potential for future growth and impact as leaders in the field resulting from their participation in the fellowship. After the program, candidates should be willing to share their own work and experience, staying in touch with peace fellows in their region and maintaining strong connections with Rotary members.
Master’s degree 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
- Have the potential for leadership
- Have at least three years of full-time relevant experience in peace or development work
Candidates must have a gap of at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are not eligible to apply.
Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the certificate 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.
We encourage people with disabilities and people from other diverse backgrounds to apply. Rotary provides reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities.
You are not eligible if you are an active Rotary member or an employee of a Rotary club, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity.
* Rotaract club members who are not also Rotary club members are eligible to apply.
Learn more about eligibility restrictions.
Learn research-based theories and approaches to peace and development.
Applied field experience
Build practical skills through a self-designed, two- to three-month field experience.
Expand your global network of academics, peace workers, and Rotary members.
Develop professional skills in peacebuilding and development.
Present your master’s research.
Master’s fellowship recipients may not study at a Rotary Peace Center in their home countries.
Master’s program university partners
Fellows can earn a master's degree in international development policy from Duke or a master’s 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.
The ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is known for its interdisciplinary program and liberal arts approach. Fellows pursue a master’s degree in Peace Studies within the Department of Public Policy and Social Research.
The Division of Peace Studies and International Development at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees related to peace, conflict, security, and development.
Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies at the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs.
The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies offers a master’s degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to armed conflict and organized violence.
“The fellowship creates this hotbed of growth and evolution for peace and development leaders — for people advocating for social change.” — Hilary Caldis, CEO, The Female Voice; Consular Professional, U.S. Department of State
“The Rotary Peace Fellowship training in peace and conflict studies helped me understand the risks and vulnerabilities in my work in postconflict and fragile states. I also gained negotiation skills that I use almost daily.” — Muyatwa Sitali, Head of Country Engagement, Sanitation and Water for All
“It’s often individuals who have been impacted by conflict themselves who want to make a change in the world. Being given the opportunity to pursue a master’s in peace and conflict studies opened doors I never thought possible in terms of connections in the field of peace and development.” — Marie-Paule Attema, recent graduate of Rotary Peace Center at the University of Queensland
“The peace fellowship was an incredible opportunity. It was a launching pad I’d say for my career and I was able to meet incredible people from around the world and learn from them. This is an international network of peacebuilders that I continue to connect with today.” — Noëlle DePape, Community Development, City of Winnipeg
“We are a family of peace fellows; we see ourselves as change agents in the community. And to be a change agent, you need to be able to influence society and put yourself in the loop of decision making.” — Abdikheir Ahmed, Executive Director, Aurora Family Therapy Centre
A Peace Fellow's Journey: Lauren Coffaro
Part 1: What it took to win a Rotary Peace Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Bradford, England.
Part 2: A Rotary peace fellow talks about living in England and studying at the University of Bradford.
Part 3: For her Applied Field Experience, a Rotary peace fellow travels to Guatemala and works with a Nobel laureate.