Support Peace Centers
Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.
Rotary Peace Centers
Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs. We have peace centers around the globe at:
- Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program)
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Japan
- University of Bradford, England
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Uppsala University, Sweden
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How to promote peace fellowships
Rotary members are vital to recruiting qualified candidates. You can help advance peace in troubled areas around the world by promoting peace fellowships and supporting peace fellow candidates through the application process.
Some of the best candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships are in your community. Here are some ways you can promote fellowships in your area:
- Make sure your club members are familiar with the Rotary Peace Centers program. The more people there are keeping an eye out for good candidates, the more likely your club is to find one. Give a presentation about the program to your club, or better yet, invite a peace fellow to speak to your club. Find one by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send a press release about Rotary Peace Fellowships to your local media.
- Meet with community partners. Think about organizations your club already works with, or reach out to like-minded groups or to universities with related programs.
- Use social media. Announce fellowship opportunities to your friends and professional network on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You can also follow Rotary Peace Centers on Facebook and repost interesting photos and stories.
Where to look for candidates
We are looking for applicants whose commitment to peace and conflict resolution is demonstrated through academic, volunteer, and professional experience, as well as outstanding leadership abilities and high academic achievement. See more about eligibility in the Rotary Peace Centers Program Guide for Rotarians.
Look for candidates among:
- Rotary program alumni -- Rotaractors, Interactors, and former Ambassadorial Scholars.
- Universities. Reach out to alumni associations, career offices, study-abroad offices, and departments of international studies, political sciences, and peace studies.
- Former international volunteers, such as Peace Corps volunteers. They have experience and an interest in working on issues of peace and development in other countries.
- NGOs and international and community development organizations. You or your club may already have relationships with these groups.
- Government agencies. Connect with local government agencies, diplomatic corps working in an embassy or consulate, local police, and military offices.
How do I apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship?
Applications for the 2016-17 Rotary Peace Fellowships program are now being accepted. The deadline for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
Resources & reference
- Rotary Peace Centers Program Guide for Rotarians
- Peace Is Possible
- Rotary Peace Fellowships brochure
- Rotary Peace Centers alumni
- Rotary Peace Fellowships program overview and update presentation
- Rotary Peace Fellowships press release template
- Peace in Action newsletter