Rotary Peace Fellowship – the role of Rotarians

Clubs and districts have the power to shape the next generation of peace leaders by recruiting and nominating peace fellows, and keeping them engaged after the fellowship ends.

Districts interview and endorse qualified candidates, which is required before The Rotary Foundation can consider a candidate. Clubs help by recommending and coaching qualified candidates.

Step one: Recruit candidates

  • Promote the Rotary Peace Fellowships to qualified candidates.
  • Meet with candidates to help them decide which program best matches their interests, experience, and goals.
  • Refer a candidate to our staff, who will contact them.

Step two: Support candidates

  • Provide feedback on resumes and essays.
  • Complete online training courses on the fellowship and the role of the districts.
  • Volunteer to submit a club recommendation.
  • Instruct candidates to submit applications to districts by 31 May.

Step three: Interview and endorse candidates (districts)

  • Appoint a Rotary Peace Fellowships subcommittee chair to oversee endorsements.
  • Complete endorsement training.
  • Review all submitted applications online.
  • Interview qualified candidates and decide whether to endorse each. 

Step four: Submit endorsements (districts)

  • Submit endorsement forms online by 1 July.
  • Receive confirmation that the application and endorsement have been completed (districts and candidates).


Step five: Receive results

  • The Rotary Peace Centers Committee selects finalists and alternates in October
  • Candidates and districts receive results in November

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