Rotary Peace Fellows accepted at Duke University will study for the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). MIDP is a unique interdisciplinary program dedicated to the training of mid-career professionals committed to policy-making and public service in and for developing and transition countries. The mission of the program is to provide top-quality, personalized education in international development policy and to make contributions to international social, political and economic development.
MIDP is a small environment with fewer than 50 students accepted each year, coming from all over the world. In addition to required MIDP seminars, students may take elective courses in other graduate departments at Duke University as well as at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Students design their course of study with the assistance of their faculty advisor.
MIDP employs faculty whose teaching, research, and consulting experience encompass a broad range of issues, including sustainable economic development, public finance, nongovernmental organizations, development management, community-based development, international trade, and environmental and social policy.
For a complete description of the MIDP program as well as admissions requirements, the curriculum and course descriptions, please review the MIDP website.
UNC-Chapel Hill Academic Departments
At the University of North Carolina, Rotary Peace Fellows study in various departments and schools. Fellows have received master’s degrees from the following departments in recent years:
The curriculum at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center includes:
Whether a Rotary Peace Fellow is enrolled at Duke or UNC, each cohort of Fellows studies together in a required 3-credit core seminar each semester, designed specifically to study an aspect of peace and conflict resolution. The current curriculum is as follows:
|1st Year||2nd Year|
|FALL||Cornerstone Seminar (at Duke) AND Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies with Professor Maureen Lempke (3.0 credit hours; at Duke)||Human Rights and Conflict with Professor Catherine Admay (3.0 credit hours; at Duke) OR Learning and Capacity Development with Professor Lisa Moreau (3.0 credit hours; at Duke)|
|SPRING||Approaches to Conflict Transformation with Professor Dominique Dery (3.0 credit hours; at UNC)||Capstone Seminar (1.0 credit hour; at Duke) AND Evaluation of Peacebuilding Programs with Zumrat Salmorbekova (2.0 credit hours; at UNC)|
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.
Rotary Fellows at every Rotary Center participate in a one-day annual conference, during which graduating students present their master’s research to an audience of peers, faculty, Rotarians and the general public. The conference is the culmination of nearly two years of hard work by each Fellow at Duke and UNC. It is an exciting event which involves considerable preparation on the part of the Rotary Center Board as well as all of the Rotary Fellows.
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