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 the Fall 2023 Rotary Fellowships will open in February 2022! 

Applicants must apply through Rotary by May 15, 2022 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.

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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:

Conflict arises in many forms, including relatively ordinary interpersonal disagreements in the course of our everyday lives, non-violent and violent crime, social and political dilemmas and injustices, and civil and transboundary conflicts. Students will learn about a variety of mechanisms and strategies for resolving or transforming conflict on interpersonal, community, state, and international levels. The pedagogy of this course will be both theoretical and practical. Students will wrestle with questions about the efficacy, appropriateness, and ethical implications of various methods of conflict resolution by reading theory and case studies; and we will learn techniques of conflict resolution from experienced practitioners, including practices of negotiation, restorative justice, and facilitating dialogue.

The objective of this class is to provide an introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies as a foundation for and complement to Peacebuilding for Sustainable Development 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 and analyzes the nature and causes of conflicts within societies and internationally from a variety of perspectives, inquiries, and scales,

3. Provides students with the appropriate analytical frameworks to think critically about questions relating to the origins and dynamics of conflict, as well as the possibility of peace,

4. Provides a series of tools and techniques for students working in conflict settings.

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.

Over the last 40 years our understanding of the what, the why, and the how of capacity development has continued to evolve. While there remain challenges in gaining agreement on which practices are most effective, what we do know is that those efforts which are most enduring include a multi-pronged approach working at the various levels. During this course we will look at:

  • various dimensions of capacity development; individual, organizational, and environmental
  • the role of training, learning, and performance in developing capacity at the various levels
  • trends and topics such as fragile and conflict-affected states, gender, technology, and social enterprise
  • the role of systems thinking and practice in capacity development

As the peacebuilding field is becoming increasingly professionalized, a strong focus has been placed on the capacity for evidence-based practices and measuring impact through rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Effective M&E also helps to ensure that peacebuilding interventions are participatory, impactful as possible, do no harm to partners and communities, and use limited resources effectively and efficiently. This introductory course will present the basic concepts of design, monitoring and evaluation, common processes, skills and practical application of concepts and methods in the peacebuilding field. The course approaches M&E from a learning perspective to enable students to think evaluatively, and to understand the importance of good project design, theories of change, conceptual frameworks, baseline, indicators, monitoring, evaluation design, data quality and ethics, reporting and tools for practice.

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
196 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

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