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

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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

Since 1947, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships have given more than 41,000 men and women the opportunity to study abroad. Although the program will come to an end in 2013, new scholarship opportunities through the Foundation's district and global grants will give Rotarians greater flexibility to sponsor scholars.

The purpose of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Academic-year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funds of up to $27,000 for round-trip airfare, tuition fees, room, board, and books for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship program provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Peace Fellowship recipients study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Argentina, Australia, England, Japan, the United States and Thailand.


Ambassadorial Scholarship program
Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work when the scholarship begins. (As it takes approximately one year to complete the application process, freshmen as well as upperclassmen may apply.) All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club. Persons with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Note to foreign students: You are also eligible to apply for a Rotary Scholarship (either through a local Rotary Club or a club in your home country) to fund your Stanford education.

Peace Fellowship program
Applicants should have: (1) a bachelor’s degree in a related field, with strong grades at the time of application, (2) a minimum of three years full-time work experience for the master’s degree program or a minimum of five years for the professional development certificate program, (3) proficiency in a second language (degree) or in English (certificate), (4) a commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities, and (5) excellent leadership skills.

Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply. Individuals who previously participated in the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, or were Peace Fellows in the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University, are required to wait a minimum of three years before applying for a master’s degree fellowship.

IMPORTANT ELIGIBILITY NOTE: Applicants for both the Ambassadorial Scholarship and Peace Fellowship (Master’s Option) CANNOT be a Rotarian, an Honorary Rotarian, employee of a Rotary entity, or a lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or legal adoption) or spouse of any living person in the foregoing categories.

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 Ambassadorial Scholarships 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.

The Ambassadorial Scholarship application includes two personal statements, an activities list, language ability form (if you plan to study in a country where the native language is different from your own), two recommendations, and university transcript(s).

For the Peace Fellowship, the selection process is similar to that of the Ambassadorial Scholarship, where applicants first apply through a local Rotary club. The process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition. The deadline for the world competition is July 1, 2011.

The Peace Fellowship application includes a written statement, resume, language ability form (demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English), three recommendations, university transcripts, and post-graduate test scores. Please see RI website and application for more detailed information.

More Details
Click here for advice on applying for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. (Information may be applicable to applicants of the Peace Fellowship.)


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