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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / June 2003

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships. Since 1947 more than 30,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. More than 1,100 scholarships were awarded for study in 2002-03. Through grants totaling approximately US$26 million, recipients from some 69 countries studied in more than 64 nations.

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.

Generous contributions from Rotarians worldwide represent continued faith that the students who are Ambassadorial Scholars today will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.

For more information about the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, visit:

Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and in the early years of their professional lives. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

For each team member, The Rotary Foundation provides the most economical round-trip air ticket between the home and host countries. Local Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

For more information, please see

Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Working Toward:
• Mediation, conflict resolution, and peace where there is war,
• understanding where there is disharmony,
• food security where there is hunger,
• health care where there is disease,
• education where there is illiteracy,
• conservation where there is environmental degradation,
• sustainable economic development where there is poverty.

Share the Vision
The Rotary Foundation has partnered with eight leading universities around the world to establish the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Each year, Rotary will select 70 scholars to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers worldwide. The selected Rotary World Peace Scholars will begin two-year master's-level degree programs in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations. Each Rotary district may nominate one candidate for the selection process. The inaugural Rotary Centers program will take place during the 2002-03 academic year (2003 academic year in the Southern Hemisphere).

Program Objectives
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has established the Rotary Centers for International Studies:

  • to advance research, teaching, publication, and knowledge of issues of peace and goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding;
  • to provide advanced educational opportunities for a group of Rotary World Peace Scholars chosen from various countries and cultures in order to advance knowledge and world understanding among potential future leaders of government, business, education, media, and other professions;
  • to establish a program through which The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and the member clubs of Rotary International may become increasingly effective in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples, leading to world peace and understanding.

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The New York Group for Technology Transfer

The New York Group for Technology Transfer, an educational organization based in New York that specializes in management training on sustainable development issues, has tuition scholarships available for qualified candidates from developing nations, to pursue short-term courses in the following areas:
• Disaster Management
• Entrepreneurship for Women
• Environmental Management and Conservation
• Governance and Urban Challenges
• Investment Banking: Tools for Bankers in Developing and
• Emerging Economies
• Media Tools for Institutional Public Relations
• NGO's: Development and Management
• Small Enterprises Development
• Strategies for overcoming the Digital Divide
• Teacher Training in Educational Technology

These short and intensive programs are experiential-based and are directed to government and community officials, policy planners and professionals in these different areas. Students are exposed to the latest developments and cutting-edge technologies as they are being incubated or being put into practice. The tempo of the course is rapid and it is built upon a combination of lectures and professional visits which allows the participants to benefit both from information and knowledge that can not be "transferred" to the classroom. The courses are taught in English by seasoned experts and professionals. Minimum requirements are a University degree and relevant experience in the candidates' area of interest.

Once admitted in the program of their preference, candidates will be offered a tuition scholarship. They or their sponsors will then have to cover the air fare and the non-tuition expenses ( US$ 3,000) which refer to all local transportation (airport pick-up and departure, local field trips), hotel accommodation in New York and full board (dinner only on arrival day and breakfast only on departure day) during the length of the course.

Applicants wishing to register online or obtain additional information on scholarships, courses and dates, are invited to visit our web site: References regarding international organization which sponsor candidates for these programs or references by individual participants will be provided upon request.

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