Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants

For one to four years of study, the Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants gives scholarships for research and graduate-level students. Tuition fees, travel expenses, living expenses, etc. are covered for any accredited university where a Rotary club or district is situated. Any one of the following areas, including illness prevention and treatment, conflict prevention or resolution, water and sanitation, maternity and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development, may be the focus of the study.


Benefits: Upto 30,000 USD with other expenses.


Overview Of Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants 


Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization which brings together business and professional leaders in order to provide community service, promote integrity, and advance goodwill, peace, and understanding in the world.


The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grants. The scholarships funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.


What global grants support


Global grants can fund:


  • Humanitarian projects.


  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies.


  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves.


How they’re funded

Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. 

Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide an 80 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no minimum World Fund match.


Click here to apply for Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants 



Both the district or club in the country where the activity is carried out and the international partner district or club must first become qualified before applying for a global grant. 


Your club and district Rotary Foundation chairs can help you plan how to use your District Designated Funds and learn how to qualify your club..


Rotary Foundation Global Grants Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for the Rotary Foundation Global Grants and Scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Grants application must be in line with Rotary’s focus areas. It can either be a humanitarian project, scholarship for graduate-level academic studies or vocational training.


  • Must agree to the club qualification MOU.


  • Complete any additional steps that your district requires.


Submitting a successful grant application


Consult with local experts early in the planning process to build a strong project plan and global grant application. The district resource network (see below) can help.


To be approved, your application must clearly describe how your project, scholarship, or vocational training team:


  • Is sustainable — include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent.


  • Includes measurable goals.


  • Aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus.


  • Responds to real community needs — any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team must conduct a community assessment first and design the project based on what they learn through that assessment.


  • Actively involves Rotary and community members.


  • Meets the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions.


Apply here for the scholarship


Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed as they’re received. 

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