6 TIPS FOR
Anne-Marie Bach loves to promote the Rotary Peace
Centers program. She describes it as “the diamond
of Rotary” when she visits clubs to encourage
Rotarians to support the peace centers and recruit
accomplished Rotary Peace Fellow applicants.
“The peace fellowship is so multifaceted,” says
Bach, who served as Rotary Peace Fellowships
subcommittee chair for District 1470 in Denmark.
“Through it, Rotary is helping peacebuilders from all
over the world shine brighter in their work and have
a bigger impact together than they might alone.”
Rotary Peace Centers staff interviewed members
from seven districts, including Bach’s, whose
applicants had a high acceptance rate. They
discovered six practices that led to success. You, too,
can help Rotary build lasting peace by using these
tips to recruit, support, and endorse candidates for
the Rotary Peace Centers program:
Appoint a district Rotary Peace Fellowship subcommittee chair.
Establish a subcommittee to help with recruiting, mentoring,
conducting interviews, and writing endorsements.
Create a plan to rotate the responsibilities of the subcommittee
chair to preserve knowledge.
Set an interview day or week that is publicized to clubs and candidates
Finalize a list of interview questions and a standard method for
Plan how you will interview remote or at-large candidates using tools
such as Skype or Zoom.
Discuss the subcommittee’s endorsement decision immediately after the
interview. Let candidates know the decision as quickly as possible.
Explain your district’s expectations for peace
fellows’ continued engagement with clubs,
your district, or Rotary International.
Build a connection between candidates and a
club or Rotarian mentor so they feel engaged
with the organization.
Teach candidates about Rotary and its impact
on community and international development.
Ensure that candidates incorporate information in
their essays about their goals, why the Rotary Peace
Fellowship is the right fit for them, and, in return, what
they can add to the Rotary community.
Review candidate résumés for clarity and to ensure they
highlight relevant experience.
Help candidates eliminate language and grammar errors
from their materials.
Utilize the district’s existing connections. Project partners and local
organizations may be able to refer candidates from their staff or
Consider recruiting unconventional candidates. Peace fellows come
from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.
Have a connection with a local university? Ask them to help advise
candidates on what universities look for in students.
ONE USE YOUR NETWORK
Talk with candidates about their experience and
motivations, and be honest about their fit for the program.
Ask about their personal readiness to study abroad for an
extended time. Consider asking:
How will they handle being away from family and friends?
How will they cope with the stresses of living in a
How will they adapt to an academic environment?
WITH CANDIDATES TWO
REFINE APPLICATIONS THREE
A TEAM FOUR
TO ROTARY SIX
Find additional resources for endorsing candidates
Download the Rotary Peace Centers Program Guide