HOW TO FIND THE NEXT ROTARY PEACE FELLOW

RI-center-dove-logoIn their first decade, the Rotary Peace Centers educated nearly 800 peace fellows who are now leaders in the international peace community. Usher in another successful decade by recruiting the next generation of Peace Fellows. Here’s how:

  1. Educate your club. Recruiting is an easy pitch to your district and club. It’s a great program, and it doesn’t cost your district or club one cent – no DDF – no dollars. Recruitment starts at the club level. Tell Rotarians about the program to inspire them to seek applicants. Have a Peace Fellow speak at district events and speak to your club. Let them hear the difference the Rotary Peace Centers have made to this person and to the people they touch.
  2. Get the word out. Send a press release about the program and its application deadline. Target local newspapers, universities, alumni publications and community partners, such as nongovernmental organizations and international corporations. It’s an effective way to reach a large number of people with minimal effort. Here is a news release template  – DOWNLOAD
  3. Pitch to community partners. Meet with members of local organizations involved in peace and conflict resolution, such as the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. Create a 30-second promotional pitch for friends, colleagues, and community members. Contact local police and military about the certificate program in Bangkok.
  4. Use social media. Post on Facebook and Twitter to publicize the opportunity to apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships. You can re-post interesting photos and stories from the Rotary Peace Centers Facebook page.

The deadline for districts to submit fellowship applications to The Rotary Foundation is 1 July. Make your district deadline from clubs about June 1. For more information visit www.Rotary.org/Peace-Fellowships.

Now Accepting Applications for the Rotary Peace Centers!

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“Rotary believes, as I believe, that it is possible to have a world without war, By educating future peace-builders and working to ease the conditions that breed violence and conflict, Rotary is demonstrating to the rest of the world that peace is attainable.”

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world.

Up to 110 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, the United States and Thailand.

Master’s Degree Option

  • “Building the leaders of tomorrow”
  • 15-24 months of Rotary-funded graduate study toward a master’s degree at one of our five Rotary Centers
  • Training in the root causes of conflict, theories of international relations, and effective models of cooperation, conflict resolution, and negotiation including course work and applied field experience
  • A growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations and private corporations.

Professional Certificate Option

  • “Strengthening the leaders of today”
  • 3 month professional development certificate program
  • Designed specifically for candidates already working in the field of peace and conflict studies to further their understanding of conflict resolution
  • Theoretical foundational knowledge during 8 weeks in the classroom and practical experience during 2-3 week on site fieldwork

Both programs require, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field; 3 years of relevant work experience and proficiency in a 2nd language for the MA program and 5 years for the professional development certificate and proficiency in English.

The 2015 Academic term deadline is 1 July 2014. Applications are available at: www.rotary.org/rotarycenters . Please pay close attention to the language and academic test requirements for each center.

All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of a Rotary club and Rotary district. Contact the District Foundation Chair in your district for further information or contact a member of the Rotary Peace Centers – Major Gift Committee in Zone 24-32: