Peace is more than the absence of terrorism, violence, and conflict. Peace is the norms and institutions that allow people to meet their needs, collaborate and thrive. While this ‘positive peace’ may seem to be a new framing, it has long been the focus of Rotary.
Rotarians come together in service to create a better world. Local and global service to fight disease, expand education, grow local economies, and protect the environment provide immediate benefits for many. These actions support Rotary’s highest calling of laying the foundations for peace in our communities.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is a unique program to accelerate this work. Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fellowships to community leaders from around the world to pursue a master’s degree or professional certification at one of five Rotary Peace Centers.
The fellowship covers all tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, and study related expenses – all with no cost to your club or the district. 
Do you know a Peacemaker?
Who could be a Rotary Fellow? It could well be your child’s principal that is creating an anti-bullying campaign, your city planner that is expanding local greenspace, or a business owner passionate about hiring justice-involved individuals. Any community leader, that is not a Rotary member, with a commitment to expanding their impact for peace could benefit from this program.
Now is the time to identify candidates in your community. The next application round opens in February, giving you and your club time to learn about the program and promote it in your community.
Take Action for Peace
  1. Share this article with your club president and members.
  2. Learn more about the Peace Fellowship on the Rotary website.
  3. Sign up for the free Rotary Positive Peace Academy course.
  4. Schedule a club presentation on the Peace Fellowship by contacting Steve Shepelwich, District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee Chair, at
Please contact Steve Shepelwich, District Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee Chair, at for more information on the fellowship, resources for candidates and how to get involved.