One of only six such centers in the world, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center is funded by a grant from the Rotary Foundation.
The center’s mission is to promote peace through a holistic approach to training by combining conflict resolution methods, peace building and conflict prevention with an emphasis on more sustainable economic, political and human development.
Each year, five fellows enroll at Duke in the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) and five fellows enroll at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in one of several master’s degree programs in the social sciences (e.g. Global Studies, Education, Political Science, Journalism, City and Regional Planning) or Public Health.
For more information, please visit the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center website.
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At the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, Rotary Peace Fellows are supported by the fellowship for the 21-month duration of the program. The fellowship includes funding for tuition and other university fees, a monthly stipend for room and board, a contingency fund, funding for conferences and research, summer internship support, and transportation between the fellow’s home and study destination at the start and end of the fellowship period.
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Two core courses have been designed specifically for Rotary Peace Fellows and serve as the foundation for the Rotary curriculum at Duke-UNC:
- Conflict Management: The Practice of Negotiation and Mediation: This course teaches the theory and practice of negotiation and mediation as a means of effectively handling conflicts that occur in a variety of settings. Students engage in mock negotiations—systematically preparing, conducting and reviewing their own actions. Based on the theoretical and experiential frameworks presented in the course, students analyze a number of conflict situations around the world.
Rotary Cornerstone Seminar and Rotary Capstone Seminar: These two seminars are designed to prepare Rotary Peace Fellows for their future leadership roles in the field of Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution. The Cornerstone will assist fellows in shaping their 21-month program of study with the goal of achieving the outcomes desired by each individual fellow. The seminar comprises three elements: (i) reflection on each fellows’ skills, attributes and achievements that they bring with them to Duke-UNC; (ii) examination of leadership and decision-making styles (through the Myers Brigg Type Indicator test), (iii) planning for the future through strategic selection of courses, the required summer internship and topics for fellows’ masters projects/theses. The Capstone includes three elements: (i) a “cross-fertilization” workshop at which fellows will present the diagnosis and initial conclusions of their master’s project and receive the suggestions of their peers and the faculty; (ii) a career workshop preparing the fellows towards their future leadership roles in the field of Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution; and (iii) the fellows’ public presentation at the Rotary Conference in April.
In addition, Rotary Peace Fellows will take the following courses as part of their curriculum:
- Designing Democracy: This course addresses a question at the heart of contemporary global politics: how does one craft democracy in fragile and divided states? Students will seek to investigate the question through contemporary research and theories based on a variety of modern cases.
- Human Rights and Conflict: This course examines the link between human rights and conflict in an interdisciplinary fashion. Students will draw substantially on historical and policy analyses, learning the legal/political history of the contemporary framework for human rights and connecting it to real world efforts underway by lawyers and other practitioners to reframe and transform conflict and build peace.
Capacity Development: To achieve sustainable development, countries need the capability to manage available resources, solve problems and set and achieve their objectives. This course will enable fellows to understand how our new understanding of the nature of capacity and how it changes is shaping this rapidly developing field. We will also examine capacity development approaches in fragile states, including conflict-affected areas, where the constraints on success are numerous and hard to overcome.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to research the Duke and UNC academic programs thoroughly before applying.
Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
Duke Center for International Development
286 Rubenstein Hall
Durham, NC 27708-0237 USA
Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
UNC Center for Global Initiatives
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA
Susan Carroll, Managing Director
Tel: (919) 613-9222
Amy Cole, Program Assistant
Tel: (919) 843-4887