The Educational Programs division of the Rotary Foundation aims to achieve understanding and world peace through the exchange of people internationally. In District 5550 the Scholarships sub-committee is responsible for the Ambassadorial Scholarship program, grants for University Teachers, World Peace Fellowships and the Peace and Conflict Studies program.
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  Scholarships are for study outside of Canada in one of 70 countries.
  • Scholars are expected to be ambassadors of goodwill to the host country.
  • Applicants can be of any age but must have completed two years of university when the scholarship begins (July 01, 2008).  Applicants must be residents or attend school in Rotary District 5550 and may not be lineal descendants of current Rotary members.
  • Each scholar is assigned a sponsor Rotarian counsellor and a host Rotarian counsellor to aid in making the study period a worthwhile experience.
  • Both during and after their study period, scholars will communicate with Rotarians and others through appearances at Rotary clubs, schools and other forums.
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The program is a unique short-term certificate course for professionals in mid- to upper-level positions.  The course of up to three months is offered in English at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
  • The program is designed to educate employees from government, non-governmental and corporate sectors so that they are equipped to prevent and resolve conflicts of varying types and degrees.
  • Main requirements for enrollment are a bachelor's degree or equivalent and  five years of experience at mid- to upper-level in a field related to conflict resolution and mediation.  Rotary members and descendants are not eligible for candidacy.    Application forms and additional information is available at the website cited above. Application must be made through a local Rotary club.    
  • Two sessions per year of 30 participants each commence in July and January. 
  • The employer of each participant is asked to cover the cost of tuition, room and board and educational materials (approximately US$5,000).  Rotary International provides funding for round trip travel as well as some full and partial fellowships. 
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The fellowship is designed to support a Rotary World Peace Fellow in a master's degree program at one of six Rotary Centers for International Studies.  These centers are located in USA, UK, Japan, Australia and Argentina.
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development