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Volume 3, Number 1, Oct 2002

Rotary Foundation Offers Peace Scholars Program

Scholars have the opportunity to earn a graduate degree in peace and conflict studies in locations such as France and Australia due to a recent initiative of the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International, has partnered with eight leading universities around the world to establish Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Some goals of the Rotary Centers are to advance knowledge of peace and conflict issues and to provide education opportunities to potential future leaders. The Rotary Foundation intends to meet its goals by sending 70 scholars to one of eight universities to earn a master's-level degree in the area of peace and conflict studies. Scholars are fully funded for two years, receiving benefits such as tuition, room, board and other expenses.

The eight universities chosen to host Rotary Centers for Interational Studies in peace and conflict resolution are:

  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA (both universities jointly host one Rotary Center)
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • Universidad del Salvado, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • University of California-Berkeley, California, USA
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Urgent Need for Peace Scholars

According to a press release from Rotary International, more than 100 million people have been killed or seriously injured due to national and international struggles since 1945. Moreover, there is a problem of not having enough trained mediators, people who are an essential element in any peace process. The Peace Scholars Program is a solution to the problem. "Today, there are still far too few mediators who are experienced practitioners in conflict resolution. There is an urgent need to produce another generation of people who can play a mediating role in the future. This program is the most significant development in graduate work in conflict resolution in decades", said Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford.

Individuals who want to apply to be a peace scholar can review the eligibility and application information. The deadline passed for 2003 scholars. However, the information is useful for the future.

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