Grants from the Rotary Foundation fund scholarships for graduate and post-graduate studies in subjects related to one or more of the areas of focus of the Foundation:
- Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Community economic development
The scholarships are for study in a country other than that in which the candidate normally resides. Candidates should be planning to pursue a career also related to these areas of focus. It is expected that contact be made with a Rotary club to discuss possibilities about a year in advance of the start of a course.
These scholarships, which used to be called Ambassadorial Scholarships, are The Rotary Foundation’s oldest programme, founded in 1947. Since then, about 40,000 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. About 800 scholarships were awarded for study in the past year. Through grants totalling approximately US$500 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations.
The purpose of the Rotary Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.”