Scholarships & Grants

Rotary International Scholarships and Grants

The following information is a brief overview of scholarships and grants that are available from Rotary International. For more information, please contact a Rotarian or email us at

Ambassadorial Scholarships

This program started in 1947. An academic year monetary award ranges from $11,000-25,000. The two-year monetary award is a flat $12,500 per year. The candidate cannot be a lineal descendant of a Rotarian and must have completed at least two years of university coursework. Candidates should have a high GPA, be mature, articulate, aware of current events, knowledgeable of their study country & be proficient in that language if necessary. Application is made through a local club. Each club must assign a member to be a candidate’­s sponsor. Clubs can set their own deadline for application submission as long as they have their selected candidate’­s application submitted to the district by July 15th. The District committee conducts interviews usually in late August and makes a selection which is then forwarded to Rotary International for endorsement. Applicants list 5 institutions they would prefer to study in. R.I. will select one of those or another suitable institution. Districts are encouraged to select candidates whose study field will have strong humanitarian impact.

Cultural Scholarships

These are three or six month intensive language training and cultural immersion at a language training institution The three month is for students already somewhat proficient and the six month is for studying a language that presents unique challenges. The three month has maximum funding of $12,000 and the six month has maximum funding of $19,000. The award is based on actual costs. The Rotary International website has a list of Foundation-designated schools for cultural scholarships. Accommodations are usually home-stay.

Rotary World Peace Fellowship

This is a two year masters program for advance research, teaching, publication, and knowledge of issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict and world understanding Sixty candidates are chosen by Rotary International on a world-competitive basis. Costs are paid by Rotary International. There are six universities in the program ñ Duke University & University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, International Christian University (Tokyo), Universidad Del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina), University of Bradford (West Yorkshire, England), University of California (Berkley), University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and at least three years of work experience, proficiency in more than one language, a demonstrated commitment to peace and international understanding through their professional and academic achievements and/or personal and community service activities

Rotary Grants for University Teachers

The three to five month is a $12,500 maximum grant and the six to ten month is a $22,500 maximum grant. The candidate must teach at a university in a low-income country. Teaching fields should have practical application to the socio-economic development of the host country. Candidates must have held a university teaching position for at least three years.

Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program

The three-month certificate course is conducted at Chulalongkorm University, Bangkok, Thailand. There are two sessions per year ñ January to March and July to September. Thirty participants are chosen for each session. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’­s degree, be employed full-time in a mid-upper level position with at least five years work experience in a field related to conflict resolution and mediation. The candidate cannot be a lineal descendant or married to a lineal descendant of a Rotarian. The application is made through a local Rotary club and forwarded to the District. Final selection is made by Rotary International. Each program participant’s employer is asked to cover the approximate $5,000 cost of the program. Rotary International will provide funding for round-trip travel for program participants as well as a limited number of full and partial fellowships for candidates whose employers cannot afford the full cost of the program.