Rotary World Peace Fellowships support two-year master's degree programs in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations at a Rotary Center for International Studies.


  • Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there are Rotary Clubs.
  • Candidates cannot be a member or employee of Rotary International, nor married or related to a member or employee of Rotary International. However, members of Roteract clubs and persons with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants should have at least three years' full-time work or volunteer experience in a relevant field.
  • Candidates must possess excellent leadership skills and be devoted to peace, conflict resolution, and international understanding.
  • Applicants must be proficient in more than one language, including the language of instruction at the partner institution.

How to apply

  • The application is available online.
  • Interested individuals must thoroughly research the university partners before applying and secure admission to the desired universities.
  • U.S. citizens may apply to a Rotary Center for International Studies at any university partner outside the United States:
    • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
    • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
    • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
    • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Only non-U.S. citizens may apply to the Rotary Center for International Studies at Duke University-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form (which may need to be submitted in both English and the language of the host country), autobiography, statement of interest, Language Ability Form, three recommendations, transcripts, and any test scores required at the university to which the student is applying.
  • Applications must be made through a local-district Rotary Club. Ball State students may apply through their home district or the Muncie-area district.
  • To apply through the Muncie-area district, students should contact Donald Whitaker at least six weeks before the deadline--preferably earlier. Even those applicants who intend to apply through their home district are advised to contact Whitaker for guidance.
  • To find a club in another district, go to the Rotary Club Locator.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to work with Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships, in drafting and revising their autobiography and statement of intent. Call 285-1024 to schedule an appointment.


  • The deadlines for the 2017 competition (to begin study in 2018) vary depending on the local Rotary district's calendar and in the term when study will commence.
  • Muncie deadlines are in April and October. 

Duration and amount

  • World Peace Scholarships fund a two-year master's-level or certificate program.
  • The scholarship provides funding for registration, tuition, other required university fees, a monthly stipend for 21 months of room and board, transportation between the partner university and home, and a limited amount for books, supplies, thesis costs, ambassadorial obligations, and certain other unexpected expenses.