The Rotary Clubs of Nelson are seeking candidates for the ROTARY WORLD PEACE FELLOWSHIP AWARD. This is a world competitive award funded by The Rotary
Foundation of Rotary International. Each year, up to 60 World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with 7 leading universities. Peace Centers include Duke University in Chapel Hill, USA, Duke—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, International Christian University in Tokyo, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, University of Bradford in England, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, University of Queensland in Brisbane. Coursework focuses on preventing and resolving conflict by addressing its root causes such as hunger with food security, disease with health care, illiteracy with education, poverty with sustainable development and environmental degradation with conservation.
The Rotary Peace Centers program offers fellowships to pursue a master’s degree or professional development certificate in fields related to peace and conflict resolution. Fellowship funding includes tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, internship or field study expenses. Eligibility includes a commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through academic achievements and community service, a BA, minimum 3 years combined paid or unpaid full time relevant work experience for the Masters program or 5 years for the certificate program, proficiency in a second language, excellent leadership skills. This program helps promising leaders expand their global outlook, strengthen their negotiation skills, and ultimately make a positive impact on future peace and conflict resolution efforts worldwide. In many programs, a GPA of 3.75 or higher is required for admission to elite programs such as the world Peace Programs. Fellows are chosen from around the globe based on their potential as leaders in government, business, education, media and other professional areas.
Rotary Centre alumni have demonstrated their ability to further global understanding and peace in their work for United Nations agencies, the World Bank, European Parliament, the Organization of American States and other nongovernmental organizations, along with national governments and international businesses.
Application forms for the 2012-14 scholarship year will be available on the RI web-site in January 2011 at www.rotary.org/rotarycenters. Prospective candidates should start to consider this opportunity now as the application process is long. Candidates must be screened by the Rotary club in their home location by March 5 in order to obtain club endorsement prior to applications being forwarded to the District Scholarship Committee. Applications must reach the District Scholarship Chair prior to March 19. District interviews will be held May 7 & endorsed applications sent to RI headquarters by July 1. For more information contact the District Scholarship Chair at e-mail: Elizabeth [email protected]@shaw.ca. For local information contact Rotary Foundation Chair Lorne Westnedge
“The goal of the Rotry World Peace Fellowship is o get students out of their comfort zone, into a different country and equip them with the skills they need to return to their homes and pursue work in international development and conflict resolution...Rotary is once again striving to achieve nothing short of world peace and understanding.” - Andrea Fanta (University of Queensland), Representative, Department of Economic and Community Development, State of Tennessee, USA