Peace Area of Focus, Peace Centers & Peace Fellows



 Starting in July 2020, our District will have a District Peace Chair, Elizabeth Teagarden. She can be reached at or 704-408-7639. 

Ways you can be involved in peace initiatives through Rotary are below. We will expand this with more information soon.



A major peace initiative, NewGen PeaceuibldersSM, was started right here in District 7680 in 2013. Its creator and director, Patricia Shafer, was the first Rotary Peace Fellow from our District. NewGen PeacebuildersSM has already expanded into seven other countries and various states in the U.S. More information is found here: 



Rotarians have created a vibrant Rotary Action Group for peace, Please check it out to find a tremendous amount of information about Rotarian peace initiatives around the world. And join the group!



Promoting peace is one of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus, and the Rotary Peace Centers are an important part of that work. 

  • Click here and here to learn more about the Rotary Peace Centers.
  • Click here for a Program Guide for Rotarians and those interested in applying. 

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Learn more about Peace Fellowships and how to apply here and near the bottom of this page.

Rotary created the Rotary Peace Centers in 2002 to identify and train highly qualified professionals to become agents of peace. Six Rotary Peace Centers at seven prestigious universities throughout the world offer Rotary Peace Fellows a rigorous program of study and applied field experience in areas relating to peace and conflict resolution. 

We are fortunate to have one of the six Rotary Peace Centers in North Carolina, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. They host a fascinating annual Peace Conference open to the public each April.


The Rotary Peace Centers draw from Rotary’s long, unwavering commitment to peace, seen in projects that address the root causes of conflict. Rotary’s 70-year collaboration with the United Nations and Rotary’s peace symposiums and peace forums throughout the world further the cause of peace.


The program relies on Rotarians to help identify potential candidates, with a goal of selecting approximately 50 master’s degree fellows and 50 professional development certificate fellows each year.

Rotary launches new Rotary Peace Center in Africa
Rotary launches new Rotary Peace Center in Africa
Rotary is proud to announce a new Rotary Peace Center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda —the first peace center in Africa!

When peace fellows begin their studies at Makerere in January 2021, they’ll be introduced to Rotary’s new yearlong certificate program in peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and development. The peace center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, which has offered the three-month version of the certificate program, will also follow a new yearlong model.

The Makerere certificate program will integrate theory, research, and practice for peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa. Fellows will learn how to influence policies and take action to transform society through Positive Peace.
Join us in promoting the 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship

The 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available. This fully funded fellowship provides peace and development leaders with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to advance their peacebuilding careers.

Help us publicize this incredible opportunity and recruit candidates:

Interested candidates should submit their online applications to Rotary districts by 31 May. Districts will then submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Learn more about the district interview and endorsement process.




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