The Rotary Foundation Global Grants for International Students is a program sponsored by the Rotary Foundation through the Rotary Global Grants. The beneficiaries are students from selected countries and the scholarship funds are for graduate-level coursework or research for the period of one to four academic years.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in 1917. It supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. The foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from its members and other lovers of humanity.
Any approved University located in a country where there is a host Rotary club or district, outside of the applicant’s home country.
Eligible Programs for Rotary Foundation Global Grants for International Students
All graduate-level coursework or research in any of the following Rotary’s six areas of focus:
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution,
- Water and sanitation,
- Disease prevention and treatment,
- Maternal and child health,
- Economic and community development. and
- Basic education and literacy.
This is not a fully funded scholarship. The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000. This amount covers only Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board, Household supplies, and Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills).
Other personal and miscellaneous expenses are to be taken care of by the student.
For you to receive this grant, you must have a project or project plan that:
- Has a long-term, sustainable impact
- Includes activities that align with the goals of one of Rotary’s areas of focus
- Has a minimum budget of $30,000
- Addresses an important need identified by the community
- Is capable of strengthening the community’s capacity to address its own needs.
Personally, you must:
- Apply for a grant through the Grant Center
- Stay up-to-date in reporting for all active grants
- Qualify your club or district for global grants every year
- Actively involve the benefiting community in the project
- For humanitarian projects and those that involve vocational training teams
- Conduct a community assessment before applying and include the results in your application
- Measure progress toward the outcome
- Partner with a club in another country
- Act as primary sponsor of no more than 10 active global grants at a time
- Develop a project plan that includes a budget and a financial management plan.
Global grant applications are submitted online. The sponsor clubs or districts create the initial application, and the scholar candidate then completes the scholar profile online.
Interested applicants can contact their local Rotary clubs via the Rotary Club Locator to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant.
Global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but applications should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing. Each Rotary Club/District may have its own specific timeline.