Fully funded Master’s degree and certificates of Rotary foundation peace fellowships for developing countries


The Rotary Peace Centers program builds the capability of peace and development professionals to become effective peace catalysts via academic training, practice, and worldwide networking opportunities. The fellowships pay for lodging and board, round-trip transportation, internship and field study costs, as well as tuition and fees.

The Rotary Peace Centers have educated more than 1,600 fellows since the program’s inception in 2002, and they now serve in more than 140 nations. Many have leadership positions in governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), educational and scientific institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement groups, as well as global institutions like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Leaders with professional expertise in development and peace are eligible for the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Our fellows are dedicated to serving their communities, the world, and pursuing peace. The Rotary Foundation offers up to 40 scholarships for certificate courses at top colleges and up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees each year.

Master’s degree programs

Those who are accepted study peace and development topics in a diverse classroom with research-informed instruction. The courses are 15 to 24 months long and include a self-designed, two to three-month field study.

In six top colleges throughout the world, Rotary offers fellowships for master’s degrees in peace and development studies. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and have a range of professional experiences, and teaching is based on empirical research. The duration of the programs, which range from 15 to 24 months, includes two to three months of practical fieldwork that is organized by the peace fellow.


  • Tuition and fees
    • Room and board
    • Round-trip transportation
    • Applied field experience expenses • Health insurance

• University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
• University of Bradford, Bradford, England
• International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
• Duke University and University of North

Professional development certificate program

Experienced peace and development professionals from various professions obtain useful skills to advance peace in their local communities and throughout the world during the one-year blended learning program. Fellows finish fieldwork assignments and create and implement a social change program. Working professionals are the target audience for this program. Upon the program’s conclusion, fellows get a post-graduate certificate.

For individuals who are currently employed in a related sector and want to pursue a certificate in peace and development studies, Rotary provides fellowships. Students from a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences develop useful skills to advance peace among communities locally, regionally, or worldwide during the one-year program. Fellows finish fieldwork assignments and create and implement a social change program.


  • Tuition and fees
    • Room and board
    • Round-trip transportation • Field study expenses


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

Host Universities

  • Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


We are now accepting Rotary Peace Fellowship applications for the 2024-25 academic year. Candidates have until 15 May to submit applications to The Foundation. Rotary endorsers must submit endorsements to The Foundation by 1 July.