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Other Programs

There is a high number of additional educational program sponsored by Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Districts without the support of The Rotary Foundation. Since we do not know all these programs, the following is not complete.

A program for highly qualified graduate students from Middle and East Europe middle for studies in Germany or Austria is offered by the Stiftung Der Rotarier - more informati ...Read more >>

Areas of Focus

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have identified six areas of focus for the new grant structure. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. They will align Rotary with other international development efforts and will strategically further the Foundation's mission.
Areas of focus

1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
2. Disease prevention and treatment
3. ...Read more >>

Where to apply

Applications have to be directed to a Rotary Club. Some Rotary Clubs favor candidates living in their club's area.

Although you may find on the website of the German Rotary Clubs a Club near your living place, the probably more successful way is to find in your and your family's personal network a Rotarian who is willing to acts as your sponsor and counselor. Acting as sponsor does not mean that the respective Rotarian will have to fund the Scholarship or the GSE-assignment, but only that she/he has to actually propose the applicant and to support the application in her/his own Rotary Club and that she/he will, if the candidate is chosen, will act as home counselor as long as the applicant has to fulfill obligations vis-a-vis the club or TRF.


Since Rotary International as well as each individual Rotary Club undertake a lot of social projects at different levels, you should not be surprised to learn that the Ambassadorial Scholarship Program as well as the GSE program are not known by each individual Rotarian. ...Read more >>

Who may apply?

Any person generally fulfilling the criteria for the respective program may apply. Some districts require that the candidate has her/his registered place of living in the respective district or Germany, but this is not a 'must'.

With one exception (Volunteers) only people having no direct family relationship with a Rotarian may apply.

Sequence of the application procedure

Deadlines are depending on the specific program and are set by each district individually. For Ambassadorial Scholarships, you should know that the application procedure will in most cases take a year; thus, it is to late to apply for an Ambassadorial Scholarship when you have been accepted for studies at a foreign university. As a rule of thumb, applications for GSE Team membership take around nine months.
The first hurdle for the application is the identification of a Rotary Club acting as sponsor. ...Read more >>

Group Study Exchange

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 abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. ...Read more >>

Rotary World Peace Fellows

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. ...Read more >>

Three-month Studies in peace and conflict resolution

The Rotary Center at Chulalongkorn offers a three-month professional development curriculum geared to mid- to upper-level professionals, while the other Rotary Centers offer 15- to 24-month master's degree programs. It is part of the Read more >>

What are Ambassadorial Scholarships?

Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations.


"The Rotary Foundation does some terrific things, not the least of which is the Ambassadorial Scholarships program." — Michael R. ...Read more >>

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