Rotary Peace Fellowships
District 5710
What are Rotary Peace Fellowships?
Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships in Peace and Conflict resolution studies at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. Eligible candidates may not be a Rotarian or related to a Rotarian. Two types of fellowships are available.
Master's degree fellowship
Studies in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Requires a minimum of 3 years related work or volunteer experience and a bachelor’s degree. Programs last 15–24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Up to 50 master’s fellowships each year:
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US (Note that. US citizens may not apply to these campuses)
  • International Christian University, Japan
  • University of Bradford, UK
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
Professional development certificate
This is a year-long program for those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields (5 or more years related in peace and conflict resolution) at Makerere University, Uganda. (For those who are African, have worked in Africa or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent)
The ideal candidate is a proven mid-career peace and development leader with at least five years of relevant work experience. Candidates need to come to the program with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the program region, and have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact.
This certificate program is intended for working professionals.  There is a two week preliminary online course, then a ten week on-site course with field studies, a nine month social change initiative with interactive online sessions, and the program ends with a one-week on-site capstone seminar which overlaps with incoming cohort at the university.
Up to 40 certificates awarded this year.
District 5710 Interviews
District 5710 will conduct interviews May - June 2024. Candidates selected will be presented to Rotary International as nominees for the program by June 30, 2024
How to Apply
During February, 2024, Rotary will begin accepting applications for the next class of Rotary Peace Fellows - starting their fellowship program in August - September, 2025. The application for both the Masters Degree and the Professional Development Certificate will be available online at
Key Dates
  1. Submit your application to your local Rotary club prior to April 15, 2024
  2. Contact Chuck Udell, District Chair, if you have questions and for help with the application.
  3. The local clubs will nominate candidates to move forward in the application process. The District 5710 deadline for club nominations and endorsements is May 10, 2024.
  4. District 5710 will conduct interviews during June 2024. Candidates selected will be presented to Rotary International as nominees for the program
  5. Applications and endorsements from District 5710 must be submitted to RI by June 30, 2024.
  6. Rotary International will announce selected Fellows for both programs in November, 2024.
Please check for any changes regarding these dates. 
Rebecca Gould
Rotary Peace Fellowships Chair