How to Apply

The Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis.  Each Rotary district may nominate candidates for competition in the worldwide selection process.  Up to 50 fellowships for master’s level studies are offered annually at one of five Rotary Peace Centers.  Fellows can only be assigned to a center outside of their home country.  Complete details of all of the Rotary Peace Centers and the application process can be found here.  All Rotary Districts are encouraged to recruit qualified candidates in their area to apply for the fellowship.

At the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, Rotary Peace Fellows are supported by the fellowship for the 21-month duration of the program. The fellowship includes funding for tuition and other university fees, a monthly stipend for room and board, a contingency fund, funding for conferences and research, summer internship support, and transportation between the fellow’s home and study destination at the start and end of the fellowship period.

The application deadline for studies commencing in August 2019 was May 31st, 2018.



Eligibility Criteria at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center

Determining Eligibility for the Rotary Peace Fellowship

•    A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities.

•    Demonstrated leadership skills.

•    A four-year bachelor’s degree, with strong academic achievement (the equivalent of a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0).

•    A minimum of three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience, preferably more.

•    Proficiency in a second language.

•    All applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

•    Applicants to the University of North Carolina must take the GRE exam and we strongly recommend that all applicants to the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center take this exam.

Persons with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary club. If there is no local club in the applicant’s area, please contact Rotary staff at


Application process 

The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition.

Club level 

Individual Rotary clubs initially screen and select fellowship applications to forward to the district level for competition. Club deadlines may be as early as March or as late as June for Rotary World Peace Fellowships and vary by club district deadlines.

District level 

Districts must allow sufficient time for interview and selection in order to meet the 1 July deadline for candidate submission to The Rotary Foundation. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, applicants must contact their local clubs and districts for specific deadline information.

World level 

Each Rotary district submits candidates’ applications to the Foundation on or before 1 July. The world-level selection committee includes Trustees-appointed Rotarians and representatives from the university partners. The Foundation will inform candidates and districts about final selection decisions in November.


Application Timeline for Studies Commencing in Fall 2019 

The information in this section is specific to the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.

All applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program must be submitted through a Rotary district.  The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition.

February – April 2018:  Applications should be completed (includes CV, personal statement, complete transcripts, 2 recommendations and test scores [1]).  At the same time, applicants should contact a local Rotary club or local district to begin the process of gaining endorsement.

**The fellowship application includes a section where applicants rank their center preferences.  Applicants who want to study at Duke or UNC should rank the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center as number 1.**

April – June 2018:  Applicants should be interviewed by a Rotary district (could be in person or via telephone).  The Rotary Foundation headquarters staff will assist applicants who have difficulties with this step in the process.

Districts conduct interviews and select their candidate(s), then submit their application(s) to the Rotary Foundation headquarters on or before 1 July 2018.

July – October 2018:  The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Peace Centers university partners screen applications and select fellowship awardees.

Late October 2018:  Fellowship awardees are notified of their selection.

November 2018 – April 2019:  Fellowship awardees complete and submit their applications to UNC departments/schools or Duke.  Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center staff work with the applicants and the departments to facilitate the process.

April 2019:  Admissions decisions are generally known.

August 2019:  New Rotary Peace Fellows arrive to begin their studies.

Additional information regarding the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams, can be found here.

[1] Test scores must be provided to the Rotary Foundation no later than September 1, 2018.


Application Tips  

•    Thoroughly research academic programs in which you are interested.
•    Check with your local Rotary club for application deadlines.
•    Be specific in your application as to your past and future commitment to working towards peace.
•    Take required tests as soon as possible.

It’s not enough to be qualified for the Rotary Peace Fellowship; it’s essential you use the application to demonstrate how you are qualified and how your experience applies to the field of peace and conflict prevention and resolution. You can demonstrate this through these following application components.

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