Information for students looking for a scholarship for graduate overseas study

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The call for applications for scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year has now closed

The information below is for the 2017/18 competition (with an April 2017 deadline) but it is likely to be similar next year. It will be updated in late 2017 for study in the 2018/19 academic year.

Rotary District 1090 in the Thames Valley is looking to award two scholarships for post-graduate study in the academic year 2017/18. One scholarship is for USD30,000 to study outside the UK under any of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus. The second scholarship is for USD40,000 to study in the UK in the area of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.

 

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Background

The Rotary Scholarship programme is the largest privately funded scholarship programme in the world. In the last 15 years this District has supported over 200 Scholars on either the former "Ambassadorial" scheme or the current Global Grant scheme. The majority of these have studied within our District and been funded by their home Rotary Clubs and Districts, but District 1090 has also funded one or more scholar each year to study overseas. In 2017 Rotary International is celebrating 70 years of the scholarship programme.

Rotary Graduate Scholarships are funded by Rotary Foundation Global Grants and all applications for Global Grants must fit one or more of the Areas of Focus. These are:
• Peace and conflict prevention / resolution
• Disease prevention and treatment
• Water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Literacy and basic education
• Economic and community development

Read more about the Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus on the Rotary International webpages. You do not need to be logged in to access these pages.

 
Scholarships can be for a single year of study or for up to four years of academic graduate full time study. The scholarship may not be used for unsupervised research, medical internship or residency, or for full time employment.

 
Students in receipt of a Rotary Scholarship are not prohibited from applying to or receiving funds from other scholarship schemes.

Visit the Rotary International 'My Rotary' webpages to read more about the activities funded by Global Grants, including graduate scholarships.

 

The Scholarships on Offer and Eligibility

The ‘outgoing scholarship’ is for students from District 1090 who are planning to take up a place on a graduate course overseas. To be eligible:

  1. Applicants must be from, have studied in, lived in or worked in District 1090. From Banbury in the north to Newbury in the south, and Faringdon in the west and Hillingdon in the east, including Brunel, High Wycombe, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities. See the map of our Rotary District.
  2. Applicants must have been offered a place, or expect to receive an offer of a place to study on a graduate course outside the UK in the academic year 2017/18. Applicants must be in receipt of an offer in advance of the District 1090 interviews in early May 2017.
  3. The planned university course must fit under one or more of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.
  4. Applicants may not be related to a Rotarian (partner, child or grandchild of a current Rotarian or someone who has been a Rotarian in the last three years). Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and this fits with the rule that Rotarians and their families may not be beneficiaries of a Global Grant.

The ‘incoming scholarship’ is for students from outside the UK, who are planning to take up a place on a graduate course within District 1090. To be eligible:

  1. Applicants must be from a low to middle income country, as defined by the UK Government’s Department of International Development.
  2. Applicants must have been offered a place, or expect to receive an offer of a place to study on a graduate course in the academic year 2017/18. Applicants must be in receipt of an offer in advance of the District 1090 interviews in early May 2017.
  3. The planned university course must fit under Rotary’s first Areas of Focus “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution” and the university must be inside Rotary District 1090. This covers Brunel, High Wycombe, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities.
  4. Applicants must be planning to start on a new course in the academic year 2017/18, ie this scholarship will not be awarded to a student about to move into year two of a two-year graduate course.
  5. Applicants may not be related to a Rotarian (partner, child or grandchild of a current Rotarian or someone who has been a Rotarian in the last three years). Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and this fits with the rule that Rotarians and their families may not be beneficiaries of a Global Grant.


Application Process 

This is a two-stage application process. Scholarships are awarded by Rotary Foundation central offices in the USA, but must first be endorsed by Rotary District 1090.

Applicants should complete the online application form (link removed) and upload a cv to the form. Applications must be received before 5pm on Friday 21st April 2017. 

 

Applications will be evaluated by a committee representing the Rotary District 1090 Foundation Committee, and short-listed applicants will be requested to attend an interview in early May 2017. A preferred applicant and runner-up will be selected for each scholarship.


The selected and District-endorsed applicants will then be linked to a 'Sponsoring' Rotary Club in District 1090. For the outgoing scholarship, the District 1090 Foundation Committee will also find a partner Rotary Club and Rotary District near the university at which the applicant plans to study. For the incoming scholarship, the District 1090 Foundation Committee will also find a partner Rotary Club and Rotary District from the applicant’s home country.

For both scholarships, it is not necessary to be supported by a Rotary Club when submitting the application to District 1090.

The final decision on award of the scholarship will be made by the central Rotary Foundation offices in the USA. The selected District 1090 candidates will be given full support to complete the Rotary Foundation Global Grant online application form. There is no requirement to complete the Rotary Foundation online application form when submitting an initial application to District 1090.


Applicants will be required to provide evidence of acceptance from the university of their choice before the scholarship is awarded.

Award of Funds

Once the scholarship is awarded, the sponsoring Rotary Club will be responsible for managing the funds. Both the Club and the Scholar are required to submit interim and final reports to the Rotary Foundation.

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Rotary Scholarships for those wishing to study in District 1090 in the Thames Valley, at the universities of Brunel, High Wycombe, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading 

If you are applying to or have been offered a place to study at a university in our district, and you are not eligible to apply for the above District 1090 Incoming Scholarship, then you should apply to your home Rotary District for a scholarship. If successful, then you or your sponsoring Rotary Club or District would contact the District 1090 Scholars Committee to ask for a partner club to host you and to support your Global Grant application to Rotary International. See the links above for further information on the Areas of Focus and the links to the My Rotary webpages.


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