Rotary Scholars

This is the world's largest privately sponsored international scholarship programme. Some US $320 million has been spent on 30,000 international scholarships since the program began in 1947.

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Rotary Scholarships, funded by Global Grants, are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, and provide for study abroad for one year in one of the 162 countries and 35 geographical regions where Rotary clubs are located. Some 1,200 scholarships are available each year from clubs and districts worldwide.
During their studies abroad, Rotary Foundation Scholars are hosted by a club local to their place of study. They will have opportunities to take part in club activities, meet the other Rotary scholars hosted in the district and to visit other clubs to speak about their studies and career aspirations.

Read about the Rotary Scholars in 2017/18

Read about the application process for a scholarship for study in 2018/19

Scholars' graduate courses must fit within one or more of the Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus and the scholars must be intending to work in these areas after graduation.

We are extremely fortunate to have a large number of Scholars visiting our District each year. The University of Oxford, with its world-wide reputation for excellence attracts a high number of Rotary Scholars, but the other four universities within our District, Oxford Brookes, Reading, New Bucks and Brunel Universities, have proved popular with an exciting range of relevant courses.


updated Jan 2018

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The Rotary Foundation inducted into University of Oxford's Chancellor's Court of Benefactors

The Rotary Foundation has been welcomed in the University of Oxford's Chancellor's Court of Benefactors for its continuous support of the university.

Early highlights from Georgetown

Letter from America

News from Will Todman, one of our Thames Valley District Rotary Scholars for 2014/15, who studied at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC

our scholars for 2017/18, at our Meet the Scholars dinner in Oxford in October

Our Rotary Scholars in 2017/18

we are lucky enough to host 23 Rotary Scholars for the 2017/18 academic year

our scholars for the 2016/17 academic year

Welcome to our Rotary Scholars 2016/17

Our traditional Meet the Scholars evening at Badgemore Park Golf Club

farewell to our Rotary Scholars of 2015/16

Farewell to our Scholars of 2015/16

We said farewell to our visiting Rotary Scholars at a barbeque on 16th June 2016 at Badgemore Golf Club

outside St George's Chapel, ready for the guided tour

The 2016/17 scholars out and about around the District

social events arranged by Rotarians and Rotary Clubs for our scholars or that our scholars join


Information for Potential Applicants

Information for students looking for a scholarship for graduate overseas study


Rotary Scholars' Duties and Responsibilities

Haddenham & District Rotary Club - Scholars with their Rotarian hosts at the farewell event for the 2015/16 Rotary Scholars

Hosting Counsellor Responsibilities


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