Rotary Global Grant Scholarships

About Rotary Global Grants
Basic Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Application and Components
Application Timeline
Applicant Resources
USC Recipients
AHF Advising

About Rotary Global Grants

The Downtown Los Angeles Rotary Club will not accept applications for the 2020-2021 grant year.  Potential applicants may consider applying through a hometown Rotary Club or to Rotary International directly as an alternative.

Rotary Global Grant Scholarships are used to fund graduate-level scholarships in countries outside the United States, and sustainable, measurable and needs-based community service projects to be completed during your scholarship period, both of which must be related to one or more of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus. This is a year-long grant funded by a sponsor Rotary Club for a project in collaboration with a host Rotary Club. Rotary seeks out students who are prepared for the challenge of serving as outstanding ambassadors of goodwill. Awardees are given a $30,000 scholarship which covers airfare, living expenses & tuition.

You must apply separately to a graduate-level program at a university where you plan to carry out the project in addition to the Rotary Global Grant Scholar application.  As graduate program deadlines vary, it is up to the applicant to confirm admission by the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship deadline.

Note: All current USC students are eligible to apply through the Downtown Los Angeles Rotary Club.  Sponsor refers to the Rotary Club, District, or Rotarians from the home country where the application was submitted and selection is made.  Host refers to the Rotary club, district, or Rotarians from the study country where the scholar is assigned to study.

Basic Eligibility

  • The application must be submitted to a local Rotary club located in a Rotary district in which the applicant maintains a legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. Rotary District 5280 includes most Rotary clubs in the greater Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or a country in which there are Rotary clubs.
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree program before commencing their graduate-level scholarship studies.
  • Applicants must be accepted to and enrolled in a graduate-level academic program at a university or similar academic institution in their selected host country during their scholarship year abroad.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the selected host country.
  • Applicants cannot be Rotarians, Honorary Rotarians, or employees of a Rotary club, Rotary district, or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International. Spouses, lineal descendants (child or grandchild by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, and living ancestors (parent or grandparent by blood) of persons in the foregoing categories are also ineligible.

Selection Criteria

Key characteristics sought by the review committee include:

  • Excellent leadership skills and potential
  • A proven record of success in his or her academic field or vocation
  • A commitment to community service
  • Well-defined and realistic goals
  • Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field
  • Sincerity about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period

Additionally, the review committee previous work or volunteer experience, academic program, and career plans that are strongly aligned with one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus:

  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution: preferred academic programs and majors include prevention/resolution, peace and justice studies, international relations or law with a specialization in peace and conflict.
  • Water and Sanitation: preferred academic programs and majors include water science/engineering, water management, environmental science, epidemiology, and parasitology.
  • Maternal and Child Health: preferred academic programs and majors include epidemiology, nutrition, global health, public health, health promotion, and nursing and medicine.
  • Education and Basic Literacy: preferred academic programs and majors include education, literacy, curriculum
    development, special education, and school administration.
  • Economic and Community Development: preferred academic programs and majors include social science degrees with a specific focus on economic and community development, business degrees tailored for social business and micro entrepreneurship or microcredit.
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment: preferred academic programs and majors include  public health and advanced degrees in nursing and medicine.

Learn about the Rotary Areas of Focus Policy Statements

Application and Components

Rotary Global Grant Scholar Application
To submit an application, email a copy of your complete application materials to Dr. Mina Soroosh and Ms. Katie Capra (contact information below) by the deadline.

The application includes the following components:

  • Biographical Information
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Agreement
  • Language Ability Form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Essays:
    • A brief autobiography, no longer than two pages
    • A detailed statement of intent, no longer than three pages
    • A list, no longer than one page, summarizing principal interests and activities, noting those in which you have held leadership positions.

Application Timeline

December 7, 2018: Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles application deadline
January: Candidate interviews
February 29, 2019: Deadline for Clubs to submit their nominee’s applications to the District

Applicant Resources

USC Recipients

2019: Shernae Hughes
2018: Remaya Campbell
2017: Justin Trop
2014: Morgan Curtis and Brendan Vahey

See complete recipient list

AHF Advising

Mina Soroosh, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
International Studies & Languages Division
Pepperdine University

Katie Capra
Associate Director, Academic Honors and Fellowships
University of Southern California

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