The Rotary Foundation awards Rotary Peace Fellowships for peace studies at universities around the world.


The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

In 1987-88 the first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships, one of the avenues to carrying out that mission. Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centres. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.

Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centres. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. Two types of peace fellowships are available.

First there are master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15 -24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Each year we award up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:

•Duke University and University of North Carolina, USA

•International Christian University, Japan

•University of Bradford, UK

•University of Queensland, Australia

•Uppsala University, Sweden

Secondly there is the Professional development certificate. For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, we offer a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.