Global Grant Scholars

“For me the Rotary Scholarship is much more than being given an opportunity to study abroad; it is a chance to explore, reflect, critically examine and arrive at decisions on how I can best be of service to myself, my community and my country.”
Adwoa K. Buahene, Academic-Year Scholar, Nova Scotia, Canada, to France

The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program was known as the Ambassadorial Scholarship program, established in 1947. Since that time, more than 41,000 men and women from 130 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Rotary District 5320 is pleased to announce that we are continuing this terrific program by offering the District 5320 Global Grant Scholarships for graduate study abroad. For the 2015 -16 academic year, we awarded two $30,000 Global Grant Scholarships. We plan to make one or more similar awards for the 2016 -17 academic year. We are currently looking for the best candidates.

The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship Program is to help prepare students for careers in one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus and to foster international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with local Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.

A benefit not found in other scholarship programs is the scholar’s association with Rotary clubs and Rotarians. Each scholar is assigned both a sponsor and a host Rotarian counselor who provide orientation, advice and assistance.

Many former scholars serve important posts with their governments; others are highly respected in their fields. Examples of outstanding Rotary alumni include: Bill Moyers, a prominent U.S. journalist, Sadako Ogata, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Carlos Alberto Da Mota Pinto, former Prime Minister of Portugal, Otto Borch, Danish Ambassador to the U.S., and Roger Ebert, a popular U.S. film critic.

Terms of the District 5320 Global Grant Scholarship

The Rotary District 5320 Global Grant Scholarship is offered on a competitive basis for one academic year (typically nine months) at the graduate level at a University in a foreign land. The grant is in the amount of US $30,000.

Rotary’s Areas of Focus – Global Grant Scholars are individuals who are pursuing a career in one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus. Their graduate-level educational goals should support this career interest in one of the following Areas:

  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development

Scholarships are supported by local Rotarian contributions to The Rotary Foundation and are funded by available District Designated Funds and a matching Rotary Foundation Global Grant. As a result, the number of scholarships available in any Rotary year is limited. Prospective scholars must apply through a local Rotary club.

Global Grant Scholar Qualities – A successful applicant

  • Possesses excellent leadership skills and potential
  • Has a proven record of success in his/her academic field or vocation
  • Has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service
  • Has well defined and realistic goals, that relate well to at least one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.
  • Has concrete ideas as to how he/she will make advances in his/her chosen career
  • Is sincere about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship year

Eligibility and Conditions

  • The candidate must be proficient in the native language of the host country.
  • The candidate’s program of study must be at the graduate level
  • The scholar will travel abroad for study
  • The scholarship is for a term of one academic year.
  • Must be accepted for study at their chosen University by April 2016
  • Applicants must apply through a Rotary club at a location of their legal or permanent residence, or place of full time employment or study.

The following persons are ineligible: A Rotarian; an employee of a club, or Rotary entity, etc.; a spouse, lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or adopted or not adopted), a spouse of a lineal descendant, or ancestor (parent or grandparent) of any living person in the foregoing categories.

The grant is intended to defray costs of travel, required fees for courses, room and board and educational supplies.

The Application Process

September - December – Candidate Recruiting

Rotary clubs and the District Global Grant Scholarship committee begin publicizing the opportunity on college campuses within the District. Interested students should contact a local Rotary club for assistance with the application process.

Applications due by December 31st                                  
Please note that the application is preliminary and used to review and select candidates at the Club and District level. Those selected by the District will then update the applications -for final approval at the Rotary International Foundation

January – Rotary Club Selection

Applicant begins preparing application and participating with local Rotary Club for its evaluation and endorsement of the applicant.

February – District Interviews

The District Global Grant Scholarship committee will interview the candidates, interviewed and endorsed by a Rotary Club and select scholars for the the following academic year.

March – Rotary Foundation Funding

The District committee forwards the selected scholar’s grant application materials to The Rotary Foundation and applies for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to fund the scholar’s study abroad.

The selected scholar receives and completes the final application online.

NOTE: Applicants must have received a letter of acceptance from the University of their choice and provide this as part of the online, final Global Grant application submitted to The Rotary Foundation.

March – June – Final approval by The Rotary Foundation and notification to scholar.

June – August – Scholar orientation and travel preparations.

September – Studies begin

NOTE: Final report and receipts for expenses must be submitted by scholar within two months of end of scholarship.

Global Grant Scholars Downloads

  • Global Grant Scholarship Candidate Preliminary Application Global Grant Scholarship Candidate Preliminary Application (104 KB)
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