Every dollar contributed to the Foundation funds the humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and program operations.

Educational Programs

These programs promote international understanding by bringing together people from different countries and cultures.

  • Ambassadorial Scholarships, an international program for university-level studies, sends about 800 students each year to serve as ambassadors of goodwill while abroad.
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowshipsare awarded to individuals for study in master's degree and professional certificate programs at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.
  • Group Study Exchangeis a short-term cultural and vocational exchange program between districts in different countries for non-Rotarian professionals ages 25-40.

Humanitarian Grants Program

Humanitarian grants enable Rotarians to increase their support of international service projects that provide water wells, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in need. Rotarian participation is key to the success of these projects.

  • Matching Grantsassist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying out humanitarian projects with clubs and districts in other countries.
  • District Simplified Grantsenable districts to support service activities or humanitarian endeavors that benefit local or international communities.
  • Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grantsfund long-term, self-help, and sustainable development projects that use an integrative approach to address humanitarian needs.