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About Global Grants

Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships are used to fund graduate level scholarships and sustainable, measurable and needs-based community service projects to be completed during your scholarship period related to one or more of the following Rotary Six Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict, Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development. This is a year-long grant for projects outside of the U.S. 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.

Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships in the area of graduate level scholarships must be closely aligned with one or more of the Rotary 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.

For more information, review the Rotary Areas of Focus Policy Statements.

Watch the USC Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Information Session Video from Fall 2017.  For more information, visit the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship page here.


Applicants for Rotary Global Grant Scholarships must:

  • have a baccalaureate degree; study is at the graduate level
  • demonstrate proficiency in the language of a selected host country even if the course of study is taught in scholar’s native language. All must complete the form.
  • be citizens of the U.S. or a country in which there are Rotary Clubs
  • not be Rotarians; Honorary Rotarians; Spouses; lineal descendants (children or grandchildren); employees of a Rotary Club, District or other Rotary entity; and spouses lineal descendants.
  • if successful, must conduct a humanitarian project in the host district during the scholarship term that is measurable, sustainable, and community needs-based relating to scholar’s major area of study.


The application reviewed and submitted to the District Global Grants Committee must be the official application found on the District 5280 website.


Friday, December 7, 2018 by 5:00PM

Please email a copy of your complete application and electronic version of your transcript(s) to Dr. Mina Soroosh and Ms. Katie Capra (contact information below)


Open Advising: October – November

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

Katie Capra
Associate Director, Academic Honors and Fellowships

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