Education Programs of the Rotary Foundation

Rotary Foundation Scholarships support international understanding and world peace through the following program objectives:

• Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country;
• Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects;
• Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home communities and countries;
• Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community;
• Impacting all areas of the world through a balanced distribution of scholars;
• Encouraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportunities for scholars from low-income countries;
• Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars.

Rotary Centers for International Studies support the Rotary Peace Fellows Program, offering a two year master’s degree in conflict resolution, and have been established to:

• Advance research, teaching, publication, and knowledge on issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding;
• Provide advanced educational opportunities for a group of Rotary World Peace Fellows, chosen from various countries and different cultures, in order to advance knowledge and world understanding among potential future leaders of government, business, education, media, and other professions;
• Create a program through which The Rotary Foundation and the member clubs of Rotary International may become increasingly effective in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples leading to world peace and understanding.

Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, is a program offered twice a year for a professional development certificate:

• Three months of study in conflict resolution, mediation and other skills necessary to reduce conflict and promote peace worldwide.

Objectives of the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Programs