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Ambassadorial Scholarships

Purpose:  To further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.  The scholarships are to fund study in another country where there is a Rotary Club.

Rotary Scholar in Beirut

Candidate Profile: An ideal candidate plans to pursue a career in an area of focus, and his/her graduate-level educational goals should support this career interest.


  • Citizen of a country in which there are Rotary Clubs
  • Completion of at least two years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience
  • Cannot be Rotarians or employees of a club or Rotary entity, or be spouse or descendant of a member or employee
  • Proficiency in the language of the proposed host country
  • Outstanding ambassadors of goodwill in their host country and to share the experiences of understanding acquired with the people their home country (appearances at Rotary Clubs, schools, civic organizations, and other forums). 

Award Types:

Global Grants:  Funding for full-time graduate study overseas in one of six areas of focus:  Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; or Economic and Community Development; minimum award is $30,000.

District Grants:  Administered by individual Rotary Club districts, so qualifications and awards vary; check with local Rotary club for specific grants available.

Cultural – For either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements, not to exceed $12,000 and $19,000 respectively.

Number of Awards:  Approximately 1,100

Deadlines:  Set by individual Rotary Clubs – varies from March to July 15 of year preceding study abroad.

Website:  https://www.rotary.org/en

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