The Rotary Peace Centers program has a vision of sustainable peace: encompassing a network of peace builders and community leaders dedicated to preventing and resolving conflicts across the global community.
In order to serve this vision, Rotary has created a unique partnership with top universities around the world.
The Rotary Peace Centers program empowers, educates, and increases the capacity of peace builders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities.
Through this experience, Rotary Peace Fellows build the skills needed to act as leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution both in their communities and around the globe.
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of their peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.
Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.
- Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
- Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.
Rotary Peace Centers
Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Fellows can earn either a Master in International Development Policy from Duke or a master’s degree in various departments from the University of North Carolina. In addition, Fellows at both Duke and UNC can earn a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from the University of North Carolina.
International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
The Department of Public Policy and Social Research offers master’s degrees in social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.
University of Bradford, Bradford, England
The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees.
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies in the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs.
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a master’s degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to conflict.
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
The professional development certificate is awarded to experienced professionals who complete the university’s intensive three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.