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Peace Fellowships

Professional development certificate program

Is the professional development certificate program right for me?

The ideal candidate is a proven mid-career peace and development leader with at least five years of relevant work experience. Candidates need to come to the program with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the program region, and have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact. This program is intended for working professionals and requires 11 weeks of on-site participation. After the program, candidates should be willing to share their own work and experience, staying in touch with peace fellows in the region and maintaining strong connections with Rotarians.  


Certificate candidates must also:

  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Demonstrate leadership skills 
  • Be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission 
  • Candidates for Makerere University: Either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.

We encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply. Rotary provides reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities.

Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program, or a Global Grant Scholarship, must wait three years between the end date of that program and their intended start date for the fellowship. Additionally, candidates must have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience between the completion of a previous academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship.

Learn more about eligibility restrictions


Fellowship components

  1. Preliminary online course

    Program begins: A two week preliminary online course

  2. On-site course

    A ten week on-site course with field studies

  3. Social change initiative (guide)

    A nine month social change initiative with interactive online sessions

  4. Capstone seminar

    Program ends: A one-week on-site capstone seminar which overlaps with incoming cohort

University Partners

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (fact sheet)

The interdisciplinary program, a comparative global and Asia-Pacific regional focus, balances theoretical learning with practical skills building by capitalizing on the professional experiences of expert lecturers and global field practitioners.

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (fact sheet, video)

The program integrates theory, research, and practice for peace and development leaders who are from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent. Fellows will learn how to influence policies and initiate action to transform society through positive peace.

Ready to apply?

Think the certificate program is right for you? Take our eligibility quiz to see if you qualify.