Rotary International offers Masters scholarship in Peace Studies

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting new applications for the highly-competitive annual Rotary Peace Fellowship. The Fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 110 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows join a growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations and private corporations.

The 2013 Academic term deadline is 01 July 2012. Therefore, the time to apply is NOW! For more specific information on the Rotary Peace Fellowship, the current application is available at www.rotary.org/rotarycenters. You can also find a local Rotary Club for endorsement at www.rotary.org/clublocator. (All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of your local Rotary district). For additional assistance, please contact the Rotary Peace Center staff at rotarycenters@rotary.org.

A word on Rotary International from JET Program alumnus and current Rotary International Peace Fellow, Mark Flanigan:

As a JET Program alumnus (Nagasaki 2000-04), I was fortunate enough to benefit directly from this unique Fellowship opportunity. After six years living and working in the U.S., I returned to Japan once more as a Rotary International Peace Fellow at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. ICU is one of the six Master’s Degree options available to Rotary Peace Fellows, which specifically provides a fully-funded 24-month MA in Peace Studies in Japan, along with a Japanese language course and the opportunity to intern worldwide (between the first and second year) as part of one’s Thesis research.

While one does not apply directly to ICU, the successful Rotary Peace Fellowship applicant will progress through the standard application/interview processes and then select their top choices from the selected Peace Centers. A number of former JETs, including me, have been quite successful in both requesting and achieving placement at ICU. The ICU Rotary Peace Center tends to look favorably on a demonstrable interest in Japanese language and culture, especially pertaining to themes of peace and post-conflict reconciliation. The Fellowship requires, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field; three years of relevant work experience and proficiency in a 2nd language for the MA program (I used my demonstrated Japanese language ability from the JLPT in the case of ICU).

Lastly, please feel free to contact me if you have any related questions about the Rotary Peace Fellowship or life at ICU at markinmitaka@gmail.com, or visit my blog at www.mellowpeacefellow.blogspot.com .