Applications for the 2020-21 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The due date is May 31, 2019, and residents of Branford should make enquires to the Branford Rotary Club President, Mary Donaruma. To find the application, Click Here.


Every year, The Rotary Foundation funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Many recipients go on to careers with governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

The Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities per year:

  • Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves. Applicants must have a minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, and a bachelor’s degree
  • Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group. Applicants must have a minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience.

The program is highly competitive, with applicants from around the world. Branford resident Kate Lonergan was a prestigious Rotary Peace Fellow, graduating with a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University in Sweden in 2016. She is now a doctoral candidate.

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