Rotary Peace Fellowships

The fellowship opened up my thinking, created new pathways, provided a new set of tools

By Carol Fellows

Every year, Rotary selects some of the world’s brightest and most dedicated professionals to study at seven Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Our more than 1,400 program alumni work in over 115 countries and serve as leaders in governments and nongovernmental organizations, education and research, law enforcement and the military, as well as in international organizations dedicated to peace.

Up to 130 students per year receive fully funded fellowships to pursue studies in peace and development. The fellowships pay for tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field study expenses for either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate. The centers, hosted by premier universities around the world, provide customized studies and offer field-based learning opportunities.

The fellowship opened up my thinking, created new pathways, provided a new set of tools, and most important, opened up a whole new network of people and resources.Charlie Allen, Rotary Peace Fellow (Chula, 2010) and director of partnerships at the Institute for Economics and Peace

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3 Responses

  1. I remember when the Peace Centers were started, I believe 3 sites were at U.S.A.
    University’s. I discussed the opening of a Center in Africa with my club, thinking that the “in continent” location would accelerate the Peace in the area,and would love to give an update on the success of the African Center’s graduates. Can you help, is there any report on where the grads are working and what they are doing.
    Thanks for listening, BILL CLOTERE, CharterMember, Greater u Albany Rotary Club, Albany, Or.

    1. Hi Bill,
      The earliest US Peace Centers were at Duke/UNC, celebrating its 20th anniversary this April, and Berkeley, which had to be closed for a variety of issues, as was USAL. Other early centers offering master degrees were Bradford in England, Uppsala in Sweden, Queensland in Australia, and the International Christian University in Tokyo. There is a longstanding certificate program in Bangkok, Thailand, with a number of African alumni. The new center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, has only one graduating class at this point, so it would be too early to report on them.

  2. Carol,
    This facet of Rotary is truly a gem. Being part of the sub-committee for District 5110 has opened my eyes and heart to this area of focus. The individuals we have interviewed have such a passion for peace in their areas of the world. Thank you for sharing this story with everyone in our District and your passion in this program!

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