- The Global Grants program supports international activities within Rotary’s areas of focus, activities that have sustainable and measurable outcomes. As a result, the Rotary clubs and districts respond to real community needs and strengthen global partnerships.
- Through the Global Grants program, Rotarians support future leaders in their studies related to Rotary’s areas of focus.
- The Rotary Foundation funds scholarships through global and district grants.
- The critical feature of these grants is the partnership between the club/district in the study location (host sponsor) and the district/club in the scholar’s home country (international sponsor). Both sponsors must be qualified before they submit applications.
- Any country with a host Rotary club or district
Fields of study
Any field of study related to Rotary’s areas of focus, as listed below.
- Basic education and literacy
- Water and sanitation
- Community economic development
- Maternal and child health
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
What does the scholarship cover?
- These scholarships/grants fund graduate-level research or coursework for 1-4 academic years
- The minimum budget for each scholarship is $30,000.
The eligible expenses include:
- Travel expenses (as per grant terms and conditions)
- School supplies
- School fees, including any health insurance required by the institution
- Room and board
- Household supplies
- Language training courses (not applicable if university admission is dependent on the improvement of language skills)
- Local transportation expenses
How many scholarships are given?
- Not stated
Which countries are targeted?
- Any country in which the Rotary club is active.
Am I Eligible to Apply?
Rotarians are encouraged to nominate candidates who:
- Have a long-term commitment to sustainable and measurable change
- Have previous work or volunteer experience, academic background, and career plans that are aligned to at least one of the areas of focus listed above.
- Have proof of university admission at the time of application
An interview will then be conducted to determine the candidate’s:
- Proven record of success in academics
- Well-defined and realistic goals
- Leadership skills and potential
- Concrete ideas for advancing in his/her chosen field
- Commitment to community service
- Commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after completion of studies
- Working with universities to identify potential candidates for this scholarship is a viable option for Rotarians. Universities can also connect international students pursuing graduate studies related to the area of focus with local Rotary clubs.
How do I Apply – Next Steps
- To apply for this scholarship, you must be selected by a Rotary club or district.
- Districts and clubs may create their own application form, or use a sample application form from the Rotary Foundation.
- Each candidate must receive a copy of the terms and conditions of the grant and the policy standards for the areas of focus.
- After a candidate is chosen, he or she must receive clear information on the global grant application process, as well as the timelines involved.
- Rotarians must manage each candidate’s expectations well, as the scholarship is only awarded after the Foundation approves the grant.
The application process is as follows:
- Step 1: Rotary clubs and districts must be approved before they can apply for global grants
- Step 2: The international and host sponsor must each appoint a grant committee consisting of a minimum of five Rotarians
- Step 3: Global grant applications are submitted to the grants section of the Rotary website
- Step 4: The sponsoring clubs or districts create the initial application, then the scholar completes his or her profile online
- Step 5: The candidate’s name and email address are added to the application by the host or international sponsor, after which he or she creates a ‘My Rotary’ account.
- Step 6: The application is submitted at least three months before the scholar’s planned date of departure. During this period, the Foundation reviews the application, and processing takes place.
- Step 7: Both the Rotarians and the candidate should be ready to respond promptly to any requests for additional information
- Step 8: Once the Foundation approves the grant, the scholarship is awarded
- The candidate should be limited to one area of focus and should provide detailed answers to the questions in the scholar profile.
- The grant application should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s departure date to allow sufficient time for application processing, grant payment, and scholar orientation.
- The deadline for scholars who plan to begin studies in August, September, or October is 30 June 20.
- Applications for those scholars who plan to begin studies at other times of the year are accepted on a rolling basis.
How do I get more information?