Spotlight: The Rotary World Peace Fellowship

Jan 13, 2011

Rotary World Peace Fellowships represent an opportunity for mid-career professionals to earn a master's degree while studying in a foreign country. Sponsored by Rotary International, these education opportunities are designed to help foster peace and cooperation among nations.

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'Service Over Self'

Rotary International is an organization with more than one million members throughout the world. The group's volunteers complete service projects across the globe that are geared toward combating hunger, providing education, improving health and promoting peace. Operating programs in more than 160 countries, the organization advocates an ethic of 'Service over self.'

Rotary is well known for its youth exchanges, which give teens the opportunity to travel abroad and help build bridges between nations. The Rotary World Peace Fellowships are also designed to promote international harmony and understanding, but these higher ed opportunities are for professionals who have experience working in organizations devoted to peacemaking and conflict resolution.

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About the Award

Each year, up to 100 Rotary World Peace Fellows are selected for placement in education programs at seven different universities throughout the world. Individuals who are chosen have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in international relations, peace studies, public administration, sustainable development, conflict resolution or a related field. Some Fellows earn a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution rather than a master's degree.

Fellowship funding covers tuition, internship or field study expenses, lodging, meals, school fees and travel to and from a host institution. In exchange for this generous opportunity to enhance their education, Fellows are obligated to serve as responsible cultural ambassadors who demonstrate conflict resolution and peacemaking skills in their interactions while abroad.

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Application Requirements

Rotary World Peace Fellowships are reserved for those who have a bachelor's degree in a field that relates to international understanding and peacemaking. Applicants for master's studies must also be proficient in a second language and have at least three years of full-time work experience in an organization with tolerance and community building at the core of its mission. Those who wish to apply to the certificate program must have at least five years of experience with such a group.

Rotary International aims to select Fellows who will have the greatest ability to forward the twin causes of world peace and conflict resolution, both during fellowships and throughout their careers. Those fortunate enough to be selected are placed in a foreign university participating in the program. Currently, U.S. students who are selected may be assigned to host institutions in Australia, Argentina, Japan, Thailand or the United Kingdom.

Visit the Rotary website to learn more about Rotary World Peace Fellowships and how you can apply.


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