Rotary Peace Fellows are offered a variety of Master degree courses in the Division of Peace Studies and International Development that examine issues such as Peace, Conflict and Development; Sustainable Development; Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution; International Politics and Security Studies and International Development Management. Many graduates find that studying in Peace Studies and International Development helps them move on to postgraduate research via doctoral degrees at other world-class institutions or to high-impact peacebuilding jobs around the world. Recent Rotary Fellows have gone on to work for the UNHCR, the Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations High Commission and the Human Rights, International Organisation for Migration and many other influential global organisations.
Rotary Peace Fellows engage in an intensive 15-month programme during their fellowship. The Rotary Peace Fellowship programme consists of the following:
- September to May: Coursework
- June to August: Applied Field Experience
- September to December: Dissertation
Applied Field Experiences
While at Bradford, Rotary Peace Fellows develop a balance of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills by completing a rigorous MA programme, working and volunteering with Rotarians across the UK, and engaging in a three month Applied Field Experience (AFE). AFEs occur during the middle of the fellowship and give Peace Fellows an opportunity to extend their professional skills and knowledge into new areas and to collect data for their master’s dissertation. Class XV Fellows completed their AFEs with a variety of influential and impactful organizations across eleven countries and six continents.
Class XV AFEs
- Annelies Hickendorff: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – SIPRI (Sweden)
- Holly White: Migration Research Center at Koç University (Turkey)
- Jody-Ann Anderson:Igarape Research Institute (Brazil) and BRICS Policy Center (Brazil)
- Kristyn Behrends: Mercado Global (Guatemala)
- Melissa Diamond: International Organization for Migration (Egypt), The Melissa Network (Greece), and Summer University Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Mike Niemiec: Center of Excellence for Stability Policing Units (Italy)
- Sasha Davis: Mercy Corps (Lebanon)
- Will McInerney: UN Women National Committee (Australia) and Cambridge Peace and Education Research Group (UK)
- Zach Tilton: International Alert (UK) and Everyday Peace Indicators (UK)
The Programme in the Division of Peace Studies and International Development
The Rotary Peace Centre is located within the Division of Peace Studies and International Development (PSID) at the University of Bradford, the world’s largest university centre for research and courses on peace studies and conflict resolution.
The division combines empirical, theoretical and applied research with sustained engagement at international, regional, national and local levels to analyse, prevent and resolve conflicts and develop peaceful societies. PSID aims for an enabling environment for international research excellence involving diverse and critical approaches.
The Division is committed to train new generations of peace researchers and has built a vibrant, supportive and critical research environment. With around 200 students from more than 35 countries, including around 100 full-time and part-time research students and 35 staff, it is the world’s largest university peace studies department and is widely acknowledged to have a substantial impact on policy communities in Britain and many other countries.
The Division is highly unusual in having established a large, vigorous interdisciplinary team of researchers to focus on issues of peace and conflict. Staff expertise includes political science, international relations, economics, history, philosophy, sociology, social anthropology, social psychology, modern languages, theology, education, development studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry and the biological sciences.