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The Application Process

The Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis.  Each Rotary district may nominate candidates for competition in the worldwide selection process.  Up to 10 fellowships for master’s level studies are offered annually at Bradford Rotary Peace Centre.  Fellows can only be assigned to a centre that is outside of their home country.  All Rotary Districts are encouraged to recruit qualified candidates in their area to apply for the fellowship.

Rotary Peace Fellows at Bradford are supported by the fellowship for the 15-month duration of the program, starting in September and ending in December of the following year. 

All Master degree programmes are structured around core modules, with flexibility built in through optional modules chosen by students to meet their own objectives and interests. Students also complete a dissertation. Additionally, they are expected to spend three months undertaking field experience from May to September. During this period students gain an opportunity to extend their professional skills and knowledge into new areas and to collect data relating to the topic of their dissertation. When students return to the University in September, they will analyse the data they have collected and complete their original research project. They submit their dissertation in December.

The fellowship includes funding for tuition and other tuition fees, a monthly stipend for accommodation, contingency fund, funding for key conferences, and support during Applied Field Experience, and transportation between the fellow’s home and study destination at the start and end of the fellowship period.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Rotary Peace Fellowship

  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities.
  • A bachelor’s degree, with strong academic achievement,
  • Three years of full-time related work experience
  • Proficiency in English - If your first language is not English, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency. The standard University requirement is 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent) on the IELTS or on the university's own entry test the BASALT. However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.
  • Persons with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary district. If there is no local district in the applicant’s area, please contact Rotary staff at

Application Process

The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels:

1. Club level 

Individual Rotary clubs initially screen and select fellowship applications to forward to the district level for competition.

January – April:  Applications should be completed (includes CV, personal statement, complete transcripts, two recommendations and test scores).  At the same time, applicants should begin contacting their local Rotary club (recommended) and local district (required) to begin the process of gaining endorsement.

2. District level 

Districts must allow sufficient time for interview and selection in order to meet the 1 July deadline for candidate submission to The Rotary Foundation. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, applicants must contact their local clubs and districts for specific deadline information.

April – June:  Applicants must be interviewed by a Rotary district (could be in person or via telephone).  The Rotary Foundation headquarters staff will assist applicants who have difficulties with this step in the process.

Districts conduct interviews and select their candidate(s), then submit their application(s) to The Rotary Foundation headquarters on or before July 1st.

3. World level 

Each Rotary district submits candidates’ applications to The Rotary Foundation. The world-level selection committee includes Trustees-appointed Rotarians and representatives from the university partners. The Rotary Foundation will inform candidates and districts about final selection decisions in November.

July – October:  The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Peace Centres university partners screen applications and select fellowship awardees.

Late October:  Fellowship awardees are notified of their selection.

November – April:  Fellowship awardees complete and submit their applications to Bradford University.  Bradford Rotary Peace Centre staff work with the applicants and the departments to facilitate the process.

April:  Admissions decisions are announced.

September:  New Rotary Peace Fellows arrive to begin their studies.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Peace Fellow, including details about eligibility and applications, please refer to the Rotary International Peace Fellowship page.