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Apply for the Rotary Peace MA Fellowship Program

Craig Zelizer

February 1, 2024

Applications now being accepted for fully funded Master’s degrees

This is a sponsored post on PCDN


Application deadline 15 May

As a leading humanitarian service organization, Rotary International promotes peace locally and globally as part of its mission. The Rotary Peace Fellowship program offers a fully funded master’s degree in disciplines related to peace and development studies. Every year, up to 50 individuals are selected to receive a generous award from The Rotary Foundation that funds tuition, living expenses, round-trip transportation, international field experience, and research/conference opportunities at one of the Master’s Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities in Australia, Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Rotary is looking for entry- to mid-level peace and development professionals from around the world with at least three years of relevant experience, and who have a record of prior achievements in peacebuilding and potential for future growth and impact as leaders in the field.

Fellowship components:

  • Academic training: 15-24 month program, interdisciplinary curricula with research-informed teaching in fields related to peace and development, small-group classroom learning
  • Applied field experience: Build practical skills through a self-designed, 2-3 month field experience
  • Workshops and field trips: Develop professional skills in peacebuilding and development and visit sites of civic and cultural significance
  • Networking: Expand your global network of academics, peace and conflict prevention experts, and Rotary members engaged in peace and development projects
  • Final seminar: Present your master’s research
  • Alumni connections: Access a growing number of Rotary Peace Fellow graduates for career and collaboration opportunities

Studying at a Rotary Peace Center opens the door to a variety of careers, such as foreign policy, human rights, international law, environmental justice, sustainable development and humanitarian action. You will build a global network with peace fellows and Rotary members, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in conflict transformation, international issues, cross-cultural awareness, negotiation and mediation, and peace and conflict research. 

Our more than 1,700 program alumni are working as change agents for peace in over 140 countries with national governments, NGOs, United Nations agencies, and other entities.


Qualified candidates must:

  • Have at least three years of related work experience (five years for the Duke program)
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace

Candidates must have at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or who will be enrolled in the upcoming academic year, are not eligible to apply.

Learn more:

About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.4 million members from more than 46,000 Rotary and Rotaract clubs in almost every country in the world. Together with partners and communities, Rotary members and supporters champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, provide clean water and sanitation, fight disease and expand access to health care, and protect the environment.

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