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 in the 2019-2020 academic year 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
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.
The selection process
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 Bradford Rotary Peace Centre. Fellows can only be assigned to a centre that is outside of their home country. All Rotary Districts are encouraged to recruit qualified candidates in their area to apply for the fellowship.
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
The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels:
1. Club level
Individual Rotary clubs initially screen and select fellowship applications to forward to the district level for competition.
- January – April: Applications should be completed (includes CV, personal statement, complete transcripts, two recommendations and test scores). At the same time, applicants should begin contacting their local Rotary club (recommended) and local district (required) to begin the process of gaining endorsement. Please note that club interviews and recommendations are strongly encouraged but not required for candidates who have district support.
2. District level
Districts must allow sufficient time for interview and selection in order to meet the 1 July deadline for candidate submission to The Rotary Foundation. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, applicants must contact their local clubs and districts for specific deadline information.
- April – June: Applicants must be interviewed by a Rotary district (could be in person or via telephone). The Rotary Foundation headquarters staff will assist applicants who have difficulties with this step in the process.
Districts conduct interviews and select their candidate(s), then submit their application(s) to The Rotary Foundation headquarters on or before July 1st.
3. World level
Each Rotary district submits candidates’ applications to The Rotary Foundation. The world-level selection committee includes Trustees-appointed Rotarians and representatives from the university partners. The Rotary Foundation will inform candidates and districts about final selection decisions in November.
- July – October: The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Peace Centres university partners screen applications and select fellowship awardees
- Late October: Fellowship awardees are notified of their selection
- November – April: Fellowship awardees complete and submit their applications to the University of Bradford. Bradford Rotary Peace Centre staff work with the applicants and the departments to facilitate the process
- April: Admissions decisions are announced
- September: New Rotary Peace Fellows arrive to begin their studies
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Peace Fellow, including full details on eligibility and applications, please refer to Rotary International Peace Fellowship information.
Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni Will McInerney talks about his time at University of Bradford.
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