One of only seven such centers in the world, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center is funded by a grant from the Rotary Foundation. Each year the Center selects and trains fully-supported Rotary Peace Fellows based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their future careers.

Applications for Fall 2021 Rotary Fellowships are Open! 

Applicants must apply through Rotary by May 31, 2020 to begin the first step of the admissions process. 


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.

“Thanks to Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center”

Check out this student-created video sharing their experiences as Rotary Peace Fellows


Two core courses have been designed specifically for Rotary Peace Fellows and serve as the foundation for the Rotary curriculum at Duke-UNC:

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.

The objective of this seminar is to provide an introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies as a foundation for and complement to the overall Rotary Curriculum through course content which: 1. Provides an introduction to the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, 2. Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of peace and conflict studies, 3. Provides students with the appropriate analytical tools to think critically about questions relating to the origins and dynamics of conflict, as well as the possibility of peace.

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:

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.

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.

This introductory course will present the basic concepts of design, monitoring and evaluation, common processes, skills and practical application of concepts and methods in peacebuilding field.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to research the Duke and UNC academic programs thoroughly before applying.

How to Apply

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.

Learn how to apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship.


Duke Office:

Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
Duke Center for International Development
286 Rubenstein Hall
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0237 USA
Tel: 919.613.9222
Fax: 919.684.2861

UNC Office:

Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
UNC Center for Global Initiatives
301 Pittsboro St.
CB #5145
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA
Tel: 919.843.2792
Fax: 919.962.5375

Program Staff:

Susan Carroll, Managing Director
Tel: (919) 613-9222

Dominique Dery, Program Coordinator
Tel: (919) 843-4887

Comments are closed.

Close Search Window