As Rotarians, we focus on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution during the month of February. One of the most highly sought after programs Rotary supports is the Rotary Peace Fellows program.

Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree programs and 80 for professional certificate programs at the seven Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  The year-long Master's Degree programs are full-ride scholarships worth $75,000 each, while the certificate programs are year-long remote and partial residency programs designed for working candidates with significant experience in a peacebuilding or conflict resolution field. 


In our District, this program is actively supported by the District Scholarship Committee chaired by Dr Harry Panjer. Pete Leenhouts is a member of this District Committee.

"The Peace Fellows program is extremely competitive and the quality of candidates is exceptionally high" says Pete. "There are about 1,000 applications submitted annually, and the range of candidate skills and experiences is truly incredible."

As Rotary grows the certificate program, we are particularly seeking qualified candidates for the peace centers at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and Makerere University (Uganda). The one-year program is intended for working professionals and requires 11 weeks of on-site participation. We are looking for candidates with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience (the average age for this program is 42). Graduates receive a post-graduate diploma in peace studies upon completion of the program.

Districts interview applicants and endorse candidates for consideration by The Rotary Foundation. The application process opens on February 1st and closes on May 15th each year. Applicants typically begin preparing their application in the fall, so now is the time for candidates to to look ahead to the fall of 2022!  How can we help as a Club?

 Interested in learning more? Contact Pete Leenhouts, a member of the District Scholarship Committee.