Peace Fellowships

What are Rotary Peace Fellowships?

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 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 and field-study expenses. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where are alumni are creating positive change.

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 prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:

Professional development certificate

For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (fact sheet). This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.


We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Rotary Peace Fellowships program. Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Find everything you need to complete the application process.

Peace profile: Path Heang

Path spent part of his childhood toiling in the rice fields of a Khmer Rouge camp. The experience left him determined to help his country heal from the years of brutality that killed around two million Cambodians. Path is a former peace fellow now working as chief of a UNICEF field office. “I am in a senior position because of the analytical skills and tools I learned as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Now I can influence national policy for the poor in Cambodia.”

Is a peace fellowship right for me?

We select fellows through a globally competitive application process, based on the applicant's ability to have a significant, positive impact on the world. Learn more about eligibility requirements and restrictions

The application process begins online, where you'll find information about working with your sponsor Rotary district and the supplementary materials you'll need to complete your application. The deadline for submitting your application to a local club can vary (generally March–June), but the deadline for submitting to Rotary International is 1 July.

I want to support the Rotary Peace Centers

You can support the Rotary Peace Centers program with your gift. Help us raise $150 million by 2017 to build a permanent endowment for the program. Many naming opportunities are available.

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Peace profile: Maria Effendi

Maria is a former peace fellow now working as an assistant professor in peace and conflict studies at National Defense University (NDU) in Islamabad: “I teach courses on conflict analysis, applied conflict resolution, conflict transformation, and peace-building in the master’s program. NDU is the pioneer institution that introduced peace studies and conflict resolution as a discipline to Pakistan’s education system in 2008, and I joined the NDU team in early 2009 to further establish the department and curriculum.”

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Rotary support

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