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Rotary Peace Fellowship Program Applications now being accepted for 2021


Application deadline 31 May

The Rotary Peace Fellowship program is a fully funded master’s degree or certificate in peace and development studies. Every year, 130 individuals are selected to receive a generous award from The Rotary Foundation that funds tuition, living expenses, international field experience, and research/conference opportunities at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within eight leading universities around the world.

During the one-year Professional Development Certificate program, students with diverse backgrounds and professional experience gain practical skills to promote peace within their communities and across the globe. Fellows complete field studies, and they also design and carry out a social change initiative. Choose between two programs at the following partner universities:

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (fact sheet):  The interdisciplinary program with a focus on Southeast Asia balances theoretical and practical learning while capitalizing on the varied experiences of expert lecturers and global participants.

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (fact sheetvideo): The program integrates theory, research, and practice for peace and development leaders who are from or have worked in Africa. Fellows will learn how to influence policies and initiate action to transform society through positive peace.

The certificate program includes: 

  • A preliminary online course
  • A 10-week on-site course
  • Field studies
  • A social change initiative
  • A one-week on-site capstone seminar


Is the professional development certificate program right for me?

The ideal candidate is a proven 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 or their community, and have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact. After the program, candidates should be willing to share their own work and experience, staying in touch with peace fellows in the region and maintaining strong connections with Rotarians.

Eligibility: Certificate candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission
  • Candidates for Makerere University: Either be from the region or currently working in the region

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Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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