Scholarship Programs

Rotary Foundation supports programs that help promising students become leaders and experts in fields focused on sustainable change. Study is graduate level and is offered in two major categories:

Global Grant Scholar

Global grants support scholarships for graduate students studying abroad in one of the six areas of focus (promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies). Scholarships range from one to four years and therefore can include an entire degree program. Prospective scholars must show proof of admission to the chosen university before the grant will be approved.

Global grant scholars are expected to participate in club or district activities before, during, and after the scholarship.

Global grant scholarships are funded using cash and/or the District Designated Fund, matched by the World Fund. The global grant budget must total at least US$30,000, but a scholarship may be a
component of a larger grant application — for example, a scholarship plus a humanitarian project.

A key feature of global grants is the partnership between the district or club in the study location (host sponsor) and the district or club in the scholar’s home country (international sponsor). Interested parties apply to the District which funds the scholarship through matching funds from Rotary Foundation. 

Peace Fellow

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Candidates apply directly to Rotary International.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. Two types of peace fellowships are available.

MASTER'S DEGREE:
Rotary International offers master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. 
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE:

For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study.

Water & Sanitation Graduate Program

The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education work together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis and, each year, offers scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The partnership aims to increase the number of trained professionals who can devise, plan, and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships also are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Scholars receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their Rotary club sponsors on a related project to benefit their local community.

Vocational Training Teams

Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. Teams with global grant funding target their training to an area of focus.