The University of Bradford Rotary Peace Centre
The Rotary Peace Centre hosts and supports ten fully-funded MA Rotary Peace Fellows from around the world each year and is based in the Division of Peace Studies and International Development (PSID) at the University of Bradford. The Division of Peace Studies and International Development (PSID) is the world’s largest university centre for research and courses on peace studies, conflict resolution, and development.
The Centre was established in 2002 as a founding member of the Rotary Peace Centres network. Additional Rotary Peace Centres are located at the University of North Carolina-Duke University (USA), University of Queensland (Australia), International Christian University (Japan), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Uppsala University (Sweden), and Makerere University (Uganda). Since 2002, the Rotary Foundation has invested more than $150 million (USD) in the global Rotary Peace Fellowship programme. The Rotary Peace Centres have collectively trained over 1300 Rotary Peace Fellows, selecting up to 130 fellows each year.
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Rotary Peace Fellows are offered a variety of Master degree courses that examine issues such as peace, conflict, security and development locally and globally. The programmes provide opportunities for students to engage in analysis, decision-making, and problem-solving around real-world practice-based scenarios, developing capacities for informed judgement, critical thinking, and effective engagement with international and local practitioner communities.
All Master degree programmes are structured around core modules, with flexibility built in through optional modules chosen by students to meet their own objectives and interests. Students also complete a dissertation. Additionally, they are expected to spend three months undertaking field experience from May to September. During this period students gain an opportunity to extend their professional skills and knowledge into new areas and to collect data relating to the topic of their dissertation. When students return to the University in September, they will analyse the data they have collected and complete their original research project. They submit their dissertation in December.
Many graduates find that studying in Peace Studies and International Development helps them move on to postgraduate research via doctoral degrees at other world-class institutions or to high-impact peacebuilding jobs around the world. Recent Rotary Fellows have gone on to work for the UNHCR, the Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations High Commission and the Human Rights, International Organisation for Migration and many other influential global organisations.
Rotary Peace Fellows engage in an intensive 15-month programme during their fellowship. The Rotary Peace Fellowship programme consists of the following*:
- September to May: Coursework
- June to August: Applied Field Experience
- September to December: Dissertation
Peace Fellows can choose from a range of programmes offered within the Division of Peace Studies and International Development. The postgraduate programmes available are as follows:
- MA in Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
- MA in Peace, Resilience and Social Justice
- MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies
- MSc in Sustainable Development
- MA in International Relations and Security Studies
- MA in International Development Management
- MSc in Project Planning and Management
- MSc in Economics and Finance for Development
*Due to COVID-19, this year Rotary Peace Fellows will begin their programme in January 2021
Rotary Peace Fellows
Rotary Peace Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive international process.
The Bradford Rotary Peace Centre is the most competitive placement site and receives more applications than any other Rotary Peace Centre in the world. Bradford Peace Fellows must have several years of professional experience, an excellent academic record, and show an ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution in their future careers.
Rotary Peace Fellows at Bradford are supported by the fellowship for the 15-month duration of the programme, starting in September and ending in December of the following year. The fellowship includes full-funding for tuition, living expenses, Applied Field Experiences, and travel costs. The Rotary Peace Centre organizes and facilitates a variety of opportunities, workshops, conferences, and trips for the Peace Fellows throughout the year to bolster their learning experience and professional development.
A Peace Fellow's Journey
Class XIV Rotary Peace Fellow Lauren Coffaro discusses her journey to Bradford as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
The Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis. Each Rotary district may nominate candidates for competition in the worldwide selection process. Up to 10 Fellowships for Master’s level studies are offered annually at the Bradford Rotary Peace Centre. Fellows can only be assigned to a centre that is outside of their home country.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Rotary Peace Fellowship -
- A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities.
- A bachelor’s degree, with strong academic achievement.
- Three years of full-time related work experience.
- Proficiency in English - If your first language is not English, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency. The standard University requirement is 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent) on the IELTS or on the university's own entry test the BASALT. However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.
- Persons with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates must apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships through their local Rotary district. If there is no local district in the applicant’s area, please contact Rotary staff.
How to Apply
Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration.
1. Review the eligibility restrictions.
2. Research the curriculum and programs at each of the Rotary Peace Centres. You will be asked to rank two centres you prefer for the Master's program and one center for the certificate program.
3. Submit your application by 15 May. Applications require a resume, academic and/or professional recommendations, essays, transcripts, social impact plan (certificate only), and test scores (master's only). All materials must be in English.
4. Get endorsed. As part of the application process, you need to connect with a Rotary district and get endorsed. Districts are regionally-based Rotary representatives located throughout the world. You can identify and contact your local Rotary district directly through the application platform. The district will interview you then submit an endorsement decision for your application. If you are having trouble connecting with a Rotary district, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Engage with Rotary. Use the Club Finder to locate the Rotary club nearest you. Connecting with a club is a great way to learn about Rotary's work in your community and around the world. Clubs recommendations are optional, but strongly recommended as part of your application.
6. Await selection results. Email notifications will be sent in November. If you are chosen for a fellowship, you will be told at which Peace Centre you will study.
7. Apply for admission to the University where your Peace Centre is located. Being selected for the fellowship does not mean you have been admitted to the University.