Rotary Foundation Awards

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National Deadline: Usually between March and April (varies by Rotary club)

Rotary Scholarships Website



Rotary’s educational programs promote international understanding by bringing together people from different countries and cultures. The Rotary Foundation is one of the world’s largest private sponsors of university-level international scholarships. There are currently two programs offered by the Rotary Foundation: the Ambassadorial Scholarship and the Peace Fellowship. The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Program was founded in 1947 and annually supports approximately 500 students studying abroad. As a compliment to the Rotary Foundation’s mission, graduate students in Rotary’s peace fellowship program learn conflict resolution skills.

Although the ORC does not administer Rotary Scholarships for Stanford students we can provide advice on your application and choice of institutions overseas. Please do not hesitate to come and ask for advice.

The Awards

District Grants accommodate a variety of scholarship plans. They can be used to sponsor undergraduate or graduate students studying any subject. They can be used for domestic or international study and can cover any length of time.

Global Grants can fund scholarships for graduate students planning careers in fields that support Rotary’s efforts to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies. Students study abroad in degree programs ranging from one to four years.


Global Grants
The scholar candidate must complete the global grant application online. If the language of the host sponsor country differs from that of the international sponsor country, the application should be completed in each language. Candidates must provide proof of university admission at the time of application. Conditional admission is acceptable when the school requires a financial guarantee or completion of undergraduate degree, but it is not acceptable if admission is contingent on improvement in a language score.

District Grants
Districts determine the eligibility requirements for scholarships funded by a district grant.

The Application Process

You can either apply through a Rotary Club in the area where you attend college or your hometown. Deadlines are set by each individual club; they can be as early as March and as late as August of the year prior to the commencement of your study.

The availability of Global Grants is determined by each Rotary district and varies from year to year. Some districts may not offer scholarships. Applicants must contact a local Rotary club to:

  • Determine if funding for a scholarship is available
  • Inquire about local application deadlines

Use the Club Locator to find contact information for Rotary clubs. If your hometown does not have a Rotary club, try entering the names of nearby cities. You can also consult a local telephone directory.

Scholarship applications may be obtained from the Rotary International website once you have confirmed scholarship availability with the local Rotary club. Club-endorsed candidates will compete at the district level, and district-endorsed applications will be forwarded to the Foundation for approval and study institution assignments. Applications sent directly to the Foundation without club and district endorsements will not be considered.

Global Grant applicants must provide proof of university admission to a graduate-level program or letter of invitation to conduct postgraduate-level research when applying for the grant. Admission that requires a guarantee of financial support is acceptable. The applicant must study outside of their home country. Applications must be received at least three months in advance of any travel.


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