Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grants for Development

Rotary Foundation
Masters/PhD Degrees

Deadline: Rolling**
Study in:  any Country*
Course starts AY 2016

Brief description:

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.

Host Institution(s):

*Any approved University located in a country where there is a host Rotary club or district, outside of the applicant’s home country

Field(s) of Study:

Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:  Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.

Target group:

Non-Rotarians sponsored by Rotary District or Clubs

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board,  Household supplies, Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills).   Most personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship funding.

General Eligibility Guidelines:

Applicants may NOT be (1) a Rotarian; (2) an employee of a club, district, or any other Rotary entity, or of Rotary International;  (3) the spouse, a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood) of any person in the forgoing two categories.

Applicants must study outside of their home country. They must provide proof of university admission at the time of application. Conditional admission is acceptable when the school requires a financial guarantee or completion of undergraduate degree, but it is not acceptable if admission is contingent on improvement in a language score. An applicant’s previous work or volunteer experience, academic program, and career plans should be strongly aligned with one of the six areas of focus.

For complete eligibility requirements, please refer to the scholarship page of the Rotary Club/District’s  where you intend to apply.

Application instructions:

Interested applicants can contact their local Rotary clubs  via the  Rotary Club Locator to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant.

Global grant applications are submitted online. The sponsor clubs or districts create the initial application, and the scholar candidate then completes the scholar profile online.

Global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but applications should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing. **Each Rotary Club/District may have its own specific timeline.

It is important to read the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Supplement and visit the official website for details on how to apply for the scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website: