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TRF-Certificatethe association of former participants of the programs of the Rotary Foundation - the TRF alumni - in Germany officially recognized by The Rotary Foundation, operated in accordance with Rotary International and Foundation policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International or The Rotary Foundation.

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What is a TRF-Alumnus?

TRF-Alumni, you may call us formally "former participants of the educational programs of the Rotary Foundation", are those who received a grant by the Rotary Foundation, be it as a participant in a GSE (Group Study Exchange), be it as a student in the master's degree course of studies in peace and conflict resolution, as an Ambassadorial Scholar or asvolunteer.

The Ambassadorial Scholar program was the first educational program of the Rotary Foundation: For the first time ever, more than sixty years ago, in 1947 Scholars sponsored by the Rotary Foundations went abroad. They were called 'Paul Harris Fellows'. The first German scholars sponsored by TRF spent the academic year 1952/53 at a foreign university.

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What is the Rotary Foundation - and why TRF?

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

TRF is the commonly used abbreviation The Rotary Foundation.
Read more on the Rotary Foundation here

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Ambassadorial Scholars

Alumni of the scholarship program are the second largest group of alumni in Germany.

The Foundation sponsors one of the largest international scholarship programs in the world. Scholars study in a different country, where they serve as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill. Since 1947, more than 47,000 scholars from 110 countries have received scholarships of more than $476 million through The Rotary Foundation.

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Group Study Exchange

The largest group of TRF alumni in Germany are the participants in the Group Study Exchange Program.

In the past years, alltogehter more than 600 young professionals from Germany as member of a GSE-team had the opportunity to learn about the people and the professional life in a foreign country; every year, around 40 new GSE-team members share this experience. For these GSE-Teams our website offers special Features.

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abr ...Read more >>

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World Peace Fellows - Absolventen des Studiengangs für Friedens- und Konfliktstudien

Each year, worldwide up to 110 scholars are sponsored to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a master’s-level degree.

Rotary World Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Each year, up to 110 Rotary World Peace Fellowships (60 master’s degree fellowships and 50 professional development certificate fellowships) are offered on a competitive basis at seven Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with eight leading universities (centers offer master’s degree unless noted otherwise):

* Chulalongkorn Unive ...Read more >>

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Volunteers

Rotary Volunteers are the smallest, but very ambitious group of TRF alumni in Germany.

Rotary Grants for University Teachers are awarded to university faculty members to teach in a developing nation for 3 to 10 months. Since 1985, more than $4 million in grants has allowed over 430 teachers to share their expertise with a college or university in a developing country.

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