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The Center’s mission is to

promote peace

through a holistic approach to training which combines conflict resolution methods,

peace-building and conflict prevention with an emphasis on

more sustainable economic, political and human development.





Uniting the resources of two renowned universities, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center offers Fellows the best faculty, courses, resources, and technology from both Duke University in Durham, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Jointly managed by the Duke Center for International Development and the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center provides a link between these two outstanding institutions, as Fellows study at both schools.

Rotary Peace Fellows at Duke study international development policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The Masters in International Development Policy is designed for professionals seeking to dedicate their careers to policy making and public service in developing countries and countries in transition.

A nationally ranked university whose research orientation allows students not only the thrill of discovery, but also the latest advancements and new knowledge, UNC offers a range of disciplines to Rotary Peace Fellows, such as the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Global Studies and other professional schools, including Education, Media & Journalism, and Social Work.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship program offers individuals committed to peace and development the opportunity to pursue a masters-level degree. Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered annually on a competitive basis for study at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe.


Rotary Peace Fellows are supported by the fellowship for the 21-month duration of the program. The fellowship includes full tuition and other university fees, a monthly stipend for room and board, transportation and stipend for a summer internship, funding for participation in academic conferences, and transportation between the fellow’s home and study destination at the start and end of the fellowship period.

Monthly Seminars

As an important part of our peacebuilding and development curriculum, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center organizes 6-8 monthly seminars and workshops during the academic year for Fellows. These events vary but may include a private meeting with a major public figure, a visit by a “practitioner-in-residence”, or a workshop led by outside experts in the field of peace and conflict resolution. Some of our seminars are open only to Rotary Fellows while others are public events. Recent examples include:

  • Do No Harm workshop led by staff from the CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
  • Two-day visit by practitioner-in-residence Joseph Sany, Technical Advisor in Peacebuilding and Mitigation, FHI 360
  • Racial Equity Groundwater Presentation led by trainers from the Racial Equity Institute
  • Peace- and development-related film series, including films such as Without a Fight and A Whisper to a Roar
  • Partnering with the Private Sector for Peace workshop led by staff from PartnersGlobal

In addition, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center organizes professional development workshops each year, including public speaking, grant proposal writing and teambuilding.

All Rotary Peace Fellows must take part in a summer internship, also called Applied Field Experience (AFE). The AFE is a requirement of the Rotary Peace Fellowship and is funded, at least in part, by the fellowship.

The AFE takes place at the conclusion of the first year of study, during the summer break. Most internships are for a duration of 8-12 weeks and give Fellows hands-on experience as a complement to the academic work learned in the classroom. Rotary Peace Fellows arrange their own internships with assistance from the Managing Director, the MIDP Professional Development Coordinator and RPF alumni.

Past Rotary Peace Fellows at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center have undertaken internships in organizations around the world, including:

  • Institute for Economics & Peace, Mexico
  • UN Population Fund, Thailand
  • Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, Canada
  • Community Land Protection Program, NAMATI, Liberia
  • One Million Community Health Workers Campaign, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Save the Children, Washington DC
  • Institute for Conflict Research, Northern Ireland
  • UNDP-Peacebuilding Fund, Sri Lanka
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Uganda
  • World Bank, Washington DC

During the first academic year, all Fellows from Duke and UNC participate in a two-day professional development trip to Washington DC, which is organized in cooperation with the MIDP program at Duke. Fellows attend a series of informational meetings at the World Bank and numerous other NGOs and international organizations which are headquartered or have offices in the area. Time is also built into the schedule to allow participants to arrange their own meetings and interviews. This excellent networking opportunity is often the first step in arranging the required summer internship. All costs associated with this trip are covered.

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Up to 10 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected for the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center each year.
Rotary Peace Fellows must have:

A bachelor’s degree
3 years (minimum) work experience in a peace-related area
Outstanding academic grades
Strong leadership skills
A demonstrated commitment to peacemaking



Application Timeline for Studies Commencing in Fall 2022

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.

February – May 15, 2021:  Applications should be completed (includes CV, personal statement, complete transcripts, recommendations and test scores [1]).  Inform your local Rotary district that you are applying for a peace fellowship, and request an interview. District endorsement is required to complete the application process. TIP: Your local Rotary club can help you connect with your district. Use Club Finder to locate the club nearest you. Club interviews and endorsements are strongly encouraged but not required for applicants who have district support.

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

April – June 2021:  Candidates 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. Contact early in the application cycle if you are unable to connect with a Rotary district.

Complete an interview with district representatives. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

July – October 2021:  The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Peace Centers university partners screen applications and select fellowship awardees.

Late October – Early November 2021:  Fellowship awardees are notified of their selection.

November 2021 – February 2022:  Fellowship awardees complete and submit their applications to UNC departments/schools or Duke.  Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center staff work with the candidates and the departments to facilitate the process. Being chosen for a fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the university.

April 2022:  Admissions decisions are generally known by now.

August 2022: New Rotary Peace Fellows arrive to begin their studies.

Additional information regarding the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams.

[1]Test scores must be provided to the Rotary Foundation typically no later than September 1. Check the application for more details.



“The Rotary Peace Fellowship is a truly unique opportunity for me. It’s not only about the generous award that makes it possible to study here in the first place. What’s even more is the international network, the trainings, the career support and the fellowship with inspiring professionals from all over the world – that’s what’s changed my life. Thank you, Rotary!” – Johanna Schubert


This video was created by Theo Martins, and we are so grateful to him for his work in putting this together!

We, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, welcome students of every nationality, religion, race, gender identity, sexual orientation and physical ability. We pledge to create a community that is welcoming to all, grounded in mutual respect and understanding, with the goal of advancing knowledge and the practice of peace building. We are a center comprised of three equal partners whose collective purpose is the pursuit of knowledge, practice and service through the diversity of ideas, actions and people. The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center stands unified behind our core values. We welcome you to our community and are encouraged by what we, together, can build.