Due Date: February 12, 2015

Information about applying


The Rotary Foundation aims to promote international understanding and help improve quality of life through funding fellowships that fund education and service in countries outside of the U.S.

Programs Funded

The Foundation offers several different scholarships, however our local area Rotary Clubs, through which Claremont Colleges students usually apply, sponsor only the Global Grants Scholarships. The one-year award may be used in any country where Rotary Clubs are located, and provides $30,000 for tuition, fees, travel, living expenses, and service project expenses. Study must be in a field related to the fellow's long-term academic and professional plans and must take place at an educational institution in a location near a Rotary Club, which acts as a local sponsor. Candidates must specify two or three different institutions at which they can pursue their desired studies. Most Global Grants Scholars do not complete a degree while abroad. Some stay for another year to complete a degree if they find other means of support, but completing a degree is not a necessary part of the program.

As part of their fellowship application, applicants must propose a service project in a country outside of the U.S. that has to do with one of the Rotary's six areas of focus:peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development. This project needs to be feasibly completed within 1 year and must be set up in a way to continue to benefit the community on a long-term basis.

Rotary Scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of good will to the people of the host country through presentations at clubs, schools, civic organizations, and other forums. Upon return home, recipients are expected to discuss and share their experiences with the people of their home country, and especially with local Rotary groups.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students apply during their senior year, or as alumni. There are no age limits for application. Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are not eligible to apply. 

Selection Criteria

Applicants must be accepted for foreign graduate study or have an invitation to conduct post-graduate research at the time of application. Their future career plans must be congruent to their plan of study and the Rotary Foundation's interests. Academic strengths are important, but the primary concern is selecting "ambassadors" who are outgoing and articulate, with a good understanding of U.S. history, current events, and culture, a capacity to adapt to other cultures and to flourish on their own in an unfamiliar place, and genuine interest in learning about the host country. Applicants planning to study in a language other than English must demonstrate proficiency sufficient for the purpose.