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Recruiting Applicants for the Rotary
Peace
Fellowship

This
training guide will
assist you in recruiting future Rotary
Peace Fellows to represent your
district and promote national
and international cooperation, peace, and the successful
resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers,
and through service activities. Rotary Peace Fellows do not
require an allocation of District Designated Funds
.


Table of Contents

Background
Information


History


Six Peace
Centers


Past Peace
Fellows

Two Options
for Study


Master’s
Program


Certificate
Program

Qualifications
for Fellows


Master’s
Program


Certificate
Program


Selected
Fellow
Statistics
from 2013

How to Find
Applicants


Send out a
Press Release


Meet with
Community
Partners


Promote on
Social Media

This chapter will give you some background on the program so
that you can talk to potential applicants about the Rotary
Peace Fellowship.



Background Information on Rotary Peace Fellowship

History

Six Peace
Centers

Past Peace
Fellows

History of the Rotary Peace Fellowship


1996
: Trustee Chair
Rajendra

Saboo

with committee investigate possibility of an
educational center dedicated to peace


1997
-
1999
: Committee appointed by the Trustees creates conceptual plan and
visits
universities interested in hosting
centers


2000
: Host Area Seminars held; Pioneer Districts
recognition


2001
: First
Class selected
and
start
their studies in
2002


2002
: Launch of program at United Nations event;
Peacebuilder

District
recognition


2004
:
First
class of fellows
graduate


2006
: Launch short
-
term peace studies pilot program at
Chulalongkorn

University
in
Thailand


2007
:
First
Rotary World Peace Symposium


2008
:
Professional development
c
ertificate becomes
a second
option


2009
:
Second
Rotary World Peace Symposium;
professional
d
evelopment
c
ertificate integrates
into program with master’s degree
option


2011
:
Uppsala
University
becomes a Rotary Peace Center



Past Peace Fellows

Nosisa

Ncube

(
Chulalongkorn

University, July 2007) protects orphaned
children from abuse in the rural communities around Bulawayo in
Zimbabwe with the Child and Guardian Foundation
.
She is also part of
the Mediators Beyond Borders team for Zimbabwe and has been
trained as a facilitator as part of the Alternatives to Violence Program in
Zimbabwe
.

Nani

Mahanta

(Berkeley, 2002
-
04) spearheaded an initiative to open
a two
-
year post graduate peace and conflict studies program at
Gauhati

University in Assam, India where he is an associate professor
of political science.

Bautista
Logioco

(Duke/UNC 2002
-
04) received The Young Outstanding Persons
award in his native Argentina in the contributions to world peace and human
rights
category. The award recognized
his work as a program specialist with the
United Nations Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action, United
Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, and the Organization of
American States Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia.


Two Options for Study

Master’s Program

Certificate Program


Master’s Programs


Five centers at six universities


15 to 24 month course with eight to twelve weeks of
applied field experience during the summer break


Professional Development Certificate

Chulalongkorn

University


Geared toward mid
-

to upper
-
level
professionals with at least five years of
relevant work experience


Fellows gain theoretical
foundational
knowledge during
eight
weeks in the
classroom plus two weeks on
-
site field work


Held twice per year, January
-
April and June
-
August


Shorter program allows alumni to
return to
their jobs with a professional development
certificate in peace and conflict studies


http
://www.rotarychula.org/


Peace Fellow Amanda Martin with
Nepalese women during the on
-
site
field work trip

Necessary Qualifications for Rotary Peace Fellowship

This will help you to understand the requirements to apply for a Rotary Peace
F
ellowship.



Master’s Program

Certificate Program


Master’s Program Qualifications


A commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated
through their professional and academic achievements and personal and
community service activities


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field, with strong grades at the
time of application


Minimum three years combined paid or unpaid full
-
time relevant work
experience


Proficiency in English and a second language


Excellent leadership skills

Certificate Program Qualifications


A commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated
through their professional and academic achievements and personal and
community service activities


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field


Minimum five years relevant work experience with current full
-
time
employment in a mid
-

to upper
-
level position


Proficiency in English


Excellent leadership skills

Selected Fellow Statistics from 2013

Three ways your
club or district
can find applicants:

Send out a press
release

Meet with community
partners

Promote on social
media

How to send out a press release

1. Create a localized press release


Templates are
available in all Rotary
languages. Email Niki Fritz, Rotary Peace
Centers Coordinator, at
niki.fritz@rotary.org

for the template.


Feel free to customize your press release
by adding your club or district’s specific
deadlines, contact information, and
information about past Peace Fellow
alumni from your district
.

2. Send
the press release to local news
sources


How to send the
press release to local news sources


Find your community newspaper’s website.
Usually on the top or bottom of most
websites is a
“Contact Us” link

or the
newspaper will have a general email for
submission of community news
.


If needed, search
for the staff member
responsible for community
news


the
community
news editor, the lifestyles editor
or in small papers the managing or associate
editor.


Send the press release to a direct email
address and include
your accurate contact
information in the press
release.


You can also send your press release to local
community blogs or TV stations by searching
online for the correct email
address.





Meet with Community Partners

Local
Universities

International
Volunteers

Rotary Alumni

Non
-
governmental
Organizations

International
Corporations

Governmental
Agencies

Local Universities


Reach out to the connections you already have at
the university


Look for alumni associations, career offices,
study abroad offices, and academic departments
of international studies, political sciences or
peace studies


Scour the university’s website to find potential
staff/professors/clubs that might be interested


Key words to search: international, community,
peace, government, diplomacy, study abroad


Post the
informational brochure

on community
boards


Connect with the university’s online or print
newspaper and submit a press release

Other international
volunteer organizations


Find people and organizations that are interested in volunteer service, peace and
world affairs


Find local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers by searching for local member groups
on the
web


Plan an event or service project between Rotary and returned volunteers

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Rotary Alumni

Ambassadorial Scholars and other
Rotary alumni
are eligible for the Rotary Peace
F
ellowship
after a three year waiting period.


Contact
alumni@rotary.org

for help finding alumni in your area.

Non
-
governmental Organizations (NGOs)


Find
local NGOs
and regional branches of larger NGOs


Contact employees and volunteers


Governmental Agencies

International Corporations



L
ocal police and military offices


Diplomatic corps working in an embassy or consulate


L
ocal government offices



Reach out to people you know who work at international corporations


Find international corporations
in your area and contact someone in human resources
to discover who you need to talk to about spreading
the word about Rotary Peace
Centers


Tips on how to meet with community
partners

Face
-
to
-
Face
Meetings

Short
Promotional
Pitch

Informational
Sessions

Face
-
to
-
Face Meetings


Formal meetings


Informal meetings at any gathering: a sporting event, a cocktail party, a
work event, etc.


Talk to everyone; they might not be a good candidate but they might know
someone else who is a great candidate!


Think outside the box: chat up your waitress, mention the fellowship to
your child’s favorite teacher or coach, talk to people in your office, etc.


Remember, the more connections you make the better odds you’ll meet
someone who knows a potential candidate!

Short Promotional Pitch

Think about the information you want to convey about the fellowship so that
when you meet someone you think would be a good candidate you can give
them the most important information clearly and concisely. Try to keep your
“promotional pitch” under 30 seconds. Here’s an example:



The Rotary
Peace Fellowship
is a great opportunity for people with a passion for peace to take
their education to the next level. Fellows study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers around the
world and can either earn a professional development certificate in peace and conflict
resolution or a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable
development, peace studies, or a related field. The fellowship covers tuition and fees, room
and board, round
-
trip transportation, and internship or field study expenses. Do you know
anyone who might be a good candidate?


Hold an Informational Session


Hold a club meeting to educate Rotarians in your club about the Rotary
Peace Fellowship. If they don’t know about/ understand the fellowship
then they can’t find applicants.


Hold a lecture or discussion about peace and other international events at
various locations in your community. Invite all of the new community
partner contacts you’ve made.


Consider inviting a current or former Rotary Peace Fellow to speak.



The Rotary Peace Centers
Department
has relevant
PowerPoint presentations that you can adapt for your
needs.
Email Niki Fritz, Rotary Peace Centers Coordinator,
at
niki.fritz@rotary.org

to
get copies of the
PowerPoints
.



Promote on Social Media




Use your personal LinkedIn account to
advertise the Rotary Peace Fellowship by
sharing an update on your homepage.


Either
share a link to
www.rotary.org/rotarycenters

or post a more
comprehensive explanation of the fellowship.


T
arget
specific connections who you think
would be interested in the fellowship by
sending them a direct message.


Consider
announcing the fellowship on your
club or district LinkedIn profiles if they are
available.





Two ways:

1. If
you only have a few seconds to promote:
friend
Rotary Peace
Centers
and
share our posts with your network.

2. If
you have more time to dedicate to promotion: Take it a step
further and create your own content. Tell the story or post photos of
one of your local alumni in the field or show how your district is
working to create peace.





Post on your personal or your district’s
Twitter account in 140 characters or less to
share your excitement about the Rotary
Peace Fellowship. Be creative!

Here’s a sample tweet:


Rotary is looking for peace builders to apply for the Rotary Peace Fellowship! Hurry!
The deadline is 1 July!
www.rotary.org/rotarycenters
.


Questions???


Can you think of anyone who would make a good Rotary Peace Fellow?


Who can you partner with in your community to promote the Rotary
Peace Fellowship?


How many Rotary Peace applicants did you submit last year?


Have you ever used social media to promote for Rotary Peace Centers?


You have an applicant, now what?

If you need help understanding the application process please read the
Rotary Peace Centers Program Guide for Rotarians
.