An opportunity exists for any area resident to take part in the Rotary Club Foundation’s World Peace Fellowships through a fully-funded Master’s Degree program. Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution and many go on to careers in national governments around the world, as well as to the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
Rotarian Dennis Sweeney of the Methuen Rotary Club was a recent speaker at the Woburn Rotary Club and spread the word the Fellowships are available to just about anyone who can qualify. There are some 360 individuals who apply annually, he noted. The deadline to apply this year is May 31st. Peace Centers, he pointed out, are located in five universities worldwide and are involved in 15-24 month-long programs.
The applicant, he noted, would be admitted to the program and not the university. The five universities offering the program include: Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA; The International Christian University, Japan; The University of Bradford, England;  The University of Queensland, Australia; The Uppsala University, Sweden.
“The Rotary Clubs of the area are targeting people seeking careers in peace building,” Sweeney commented. “The selection is based on the applicant’s ability to have a significant, positive impact on the world.”
A multiple Paul Harris recipient, Sweeney is a Past President of the Methuen Rotary Club and has served as a District Governor’s Aide.  He mentioned there are some restrictions on the Peace Fellowships, such as as a person cannot be an active or honorary Rotary member. For more information on the Peace Fellowships, including application process, visit this page on the Rotary International site.