Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
Choose the program that’s right for you
Master’s degree programs
Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The programs last 15 to 24 months and include a two- to three-month field study, which participants design themselves.
Professional development certificate program
During the one-year blended learning program, experienced peace and development professionals with diverse backgrounds gain practical skills to promote peace within their communities and across the globe. Fellows complete field studies, and they also design and carry out a social change initiative. This program is intended for working professionals.
Amina Abdi Warsame
She is an Advocate with over 10 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector, supporting refugee rights, campaigning against gender-based violence in refugee camps, and working towards promoting women and girl child participation in leadership. “I want to advocate for more inclusion of women in leadership especially at grass root level”
I am an Inclusive Development Practitioner by profession. I have been working for over 13 years as a self-advocate, community educator, and development consultant with a focus on disability rights, education, and inclusive programming.
“The Peace Fellowship has given me an opportunity to develop skills and tools that would be useful to engage partners working in this area about the indispensable need to consider the interests of persons with disabilities under situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies.”
She is an Advocate, a Business Administrator, a Chartered Mediator, and a Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa). She is the founder and Managing Advocate of Baine-Omugisha Legal Consultants and Advocates, which is a Conflict Mitigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centered Law Firm. She also associates with other organizations to execute consultancy assignments.
“Everyone has a role to play towards the creation of positive peace. I appeal to everyone to appreciate and address the root causes of conflict and violence in our families, communities, organizations, countries; and to work towards securing long-lasting peace.”
Sunny Dada – Nigeria
The Rotary Peace Fellowship comes with invaluable experiential learning that validates the professional career of beneficiaries. The fellowship validated my career as a Journalist and Peacebuilder. I also had the opportunity to learn from the rich experience of other peace fellows and created indispensable networks, and also provided me a new toolbox as a peace facilitator. My work is now much more amplified.
Olusina Ajao – Nigeria
The course has given me the opportunity to meet Peace Fellows from different countries, brilliant experienced facilitators, and professionals in the field of peace-building. The entire training process were strategically broken down into practical examples that helped the Fellows to understand and integrate peace-building and conflict transformation knowledge. The course content and delivery methods were indeed meet my expectations. The program has not only equipped me with new knowledge and skills but has also enhanced my capacity to work together with other peace-builders across the world in creating and promoting activities that foster peaceful societies.
Eleanor Rose Curl – England
My time at Makerere University was a life affirming experience. The genuine hospitality of everyone working at the peace centre was incredible and the fellows felt safe and secure at the accommodation as the security guards were so kind and helpful.
The course itself was well thought out and even though we were the first cohort, during a pandemic, the University and the Rotarians worked tremendously hard to make sure that the fellowship was fulfilling and ensured professional development for all.
Jew Kabuwa Monde – Zambia
As a Peace Fellow, I hastily came to this conclusion because Human security brings together the human element of security, rights, and development As such, it is an interdisciplinary concept that displays the following characteristics: people-centered, multi-sectoral, comprehensive, context-specific, prevention-oriented.
“I personally pay tribute to the Rotary Peace Centre management and auxiliary staff for a well-thought-out training program. The process and outcome produce fully baked and ready to serve Peace Fellows.”
Thomas Sithole – Zimbabwe
Thomas Sithole is a Zimbabwean Civic leader and peacebuilder who is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Makerere Peace Center.
He is a results-driven visionary adept at facilitating positive social change in marginalized communities. A fearless campaigner for freedom of expression and an advocate for an open, accessible, and healthy internet, youth development and empowerment expert and currently coordinates a youth exchange program that fosters youth participation in civic transformation
Peter Pal – SouthSudan
The course presented and exposed critical paradigm shifts and system thinking approaches which I think, if exploited well, can transform Africa’s status and realized peace.
Twenty years ago, I escaped a violent civil war in Africa, and now I have returned on a peacebuilding mission through the peace fellowship.
Patience Rusare – Zimbabwe
I’ve found it eye-opening just how extensive the peace studies space can be. I can’t explain in words what an amazing experience this has been for me.
The diverse body of fellows and the depth of knowledge and expertise of my lecturers at Africa’s most prestigious University are extraordinary.
The lecturers don’t just bring with them titles of doctorship or professorship, but very practical experiences that have made it easy to grasp many theoretical approaches to peacebuilding.
“As an African Change Agent, I want my children to grow up in an environment where all people love each other regardless of the ethnic groups they belong to; they will know that we are all diverse, but we are all one”
Nobantu Ncube Taylor – Liberia
The Rotary Peace Fellowship at Makerere Peace Centers offers opportunities in experiential learning, network programming, and cross-cultural blending. The field trips and excursions to both urban and rural areas were also part of the onsite learning. The fellows embarked on several field trips and excursions that helped the fellows earn exposure to field realities in specific peacebuilding themes.
Fikiri Nzoyisenga – Burundi
My eleven-week stay at the University for the Fellowship highly met my expectations around networking, learning, and having fun. The center was more than positive as it allowed us to not only learn new skills but also to enjoy our time in the country, meet new friends and be part of the big family of rotary peace fellows and alumni from across the globe.
Paul Mushaho – Democratic Republic of Congo
The Rotary Peace Fellowship at Makerere aligns closely with what I am doing in Nakivaale Refugee Camp. When I go back, I will know how to tackle different challenges in different communities based on their norms and beliefs. My dreams and hopes are delighted. Five years ago, I fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo after receiving death threats from a Mai-Mai militia group. Almost as soon as I arrived at Nakivale Refugee camp in Uganda, I saw opportunities to improve the refugees’ quality of life-giving me more reason to study the Rotary Peace course of Peace Building and Conflict Transformation.
Pinkie Pinkish Mothibendi – Botswana
Pinkie is a fully qualified community Development expert with extensive hands-on experience working at policy implementation and monitoring and mainstreaming disability issues into all the district development planning and implementation towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
“I believe in collective inclusion of all persons and working on policy implementation that addresses the rights of Persons with Disabilities.”
Stephen Sempande – Uganda
My onsite engagement was an experience of a lifetime: the course design ticks all the boxes considering the top-class lecturers, guest speakers, support staff, study environment, rotary club engagement. With the diversity of the peace fellows and experiential learning trips, I have gained a lot of clarity in the domain of peace through classroom interactions, fieldwork, and intercultural exchange with my colleagues the fellows; besides benchmarking, the field trips have provided me with vital information in programing for peace and development.