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Rotary Peace Fellowships How to Strengthen your Application


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These slides are from the webinar "Rotary Peace Fellowships: How to Strengthen your Application" produced on 7 February, 2017.

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Rotary Peace Fellowships How to Strengthen your Application

  1. 1. Rotary Peace Fellowship: How to Strengthen your Application 7 February 2017 Host: Samantha Sorin, Rotary Peace Centers Coordinator Panelist: Susan Carroll, Managing Director Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
  2. 2. Goals for this webinar • An overview of Eligibility Requirements • How to Begin your Application • How to Choose the Right Program • Preparing for your Application • How to Write a Resume • How to Write the Ideal Essay • Remembering the Dos & Don’ts • Application Checklist
  3. 3. Overview Eligibility Requirements The ideal candidate • Strong commitment to global understanding & peace • Strong leadership skills • Strong personal statement • Meets all application requirements – All applicants must be proficient in English – For the master’s program: bachelor’s degree & 3+ years full-time related work experience – For the certificate program: strong academic background & 5+ years full-time related work experience Those not eligible to apply • Rotarians Employee of a club, district, or other Rotary entity • Spouse, lineal descendant, spouse of a lineal descendant, or an ancestor of any living person in the above categories • Former Rotarian within 36 months of resignation from Rotary
  4. 4. How to Begin your Application Read the application guidelines thoroughly before beginning your application! Questions about the application guidelines? Ask your Rotary club or district Ask the Rotary Peace Centers at
  5. 5. How to Choose the Right Program- Take Action! Our Rotary Peace Centers 1. Duke University & the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (fact sheet) Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international development policy from Duke or a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution from the University of North Carolina. 2. International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (fact sheet) The Department of Public Policy and Social Research offers master’s degrees in social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. 3. University of Bradford, Bradford, English (fact sheet) The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees. 4. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (fact sheet) Fellows earn a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict studies in the Graduate Centre of Governance and International Affairs. 5. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (fact sheet) The Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a master’s degree in social science. It is internationally renowned for its free and globally accessible collection of data related to conflict. 6. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (fact sheet) The professional development certificate is awarded to experienced professionals who complete the center’s intensive three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Visit our webpage and review the fact sheets for each Rotary Peace Center!
  6. 6. Preparing your Application Contact your Rotary club or district Contact your references Professional References: 2 for Professional Certificate Program & 1 for Master’s Degree Program Ex. Supervisor/Manager, Former Employer, Colleague Academic References: 1 for Master’s Degree Program Ex. Professor, Academic Counselor, School Advisor Master’s Degree Program only: Register and take exams: TOEFL or IELTS exam and/or GRE exam (Duke-UNC only) Request academic transcripts Transcripts not in English are required to be translated into English by a professional certified translator. Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
  7. 7. Preparing your Application continued… Building your Résumé or CV R É ÉS U M C V
  8. 8. Types of Resumes • Chronological: List education / relevant work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent to past). • Functional: Focus on group experience by particular skills areas and then list work history. • Combination: A combination of chronological and functional Why do we suggest applicants using the combination format? The combination format allows you to highlight your most relevant skills and qualifications first followed by a detailed account of your professional work history.
  9. 9. Combination Resume Qualifications Summary: At the top of your resume put a short qualifications statement that highlights your experiences relevant to the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Conflict Resolution Practitioner with over five years experience conducting mediation, training and facilitation in the US and Latin America. Trained over 500 people in basic mediation techniques in over 10 countries. Specialization includes: youth and conflict, community-based processes. VA certified mediator and fluent in English and Spanish.
  10. 10. Resume Tips Quantify your Experience: Be concrete in what your responsibilities were and what you accomplished in your previous positions. – Example: Worked at XYZ Conflict Resolution Organization, managed budget and conducted training. – Reframe to: Worked at the XYZ Conflict Resolution Organization, organized and managed a $400,000 project. Successfully wrote grant proposals totaling over $50,000 from X source. Conducted over 20 trainings in basic conflict resolution techniques with high school students and teachers, reaching over 500 people. Tailor: Ensure that you tailor your resume and essays to address the skills, leadership experiences, and knowledge you have that relate to the mission of Rotary and the Rotary Peace Centers. – Highlight a few key experiences that show your skills and motivation to apply for the fellowship – Tell a compelling story of why your experience qualifies you to be selected as a fellow
  11. 11. Rotary Resume Example Remember to include the number of hours you work(ed) per week. Qualifications Summary Professional Experience Education Volunteer Experience Professional Memberships or Organizations Honors & Awards
  12. 12. The Ideal Essay The ideal essay Honest Clearly answers question Grammatically correct Organized Will your essay make the reader feel something? Are you directly stating why you are the best candidate for the program your are applying to? Did you put effort into writing the essay? Important aspects to remember:
  13. 13. Strengthening your Essays Personal Statement Specific Not Vague Intriguing Opening Sentence Finalize with a clincher statement Focus on your strengths.
  14. 14. Review: 2018 Application Essay Questions • All applicants: Provide a personal statement that includes significant events in your life that have influenced your desire to work in the field of peace and conflict resolution. • All applicants: Describe a meaningful leadership experience, either in an academic, community service, or professional setting. What challenges is you encounter? What did you learn? • Professional development certificate applicants only: Describe in detail how the professional development certificate will benefit you and contribute to your career goals. What do you expect to learn from the course that you will apply to your work? • Master’s degree applicants only: Explain in detail your first and second center preferences. Describe your proposed area of concentration, including the specific study of those institutions. How does your academic training prepare you for this fellowship? If necessary explain and academic shortcomings. • Master’s degree applicants only: Explain how a master’s degree from a Rotary Peace Center university relates to your career objectives in supporting peace and furthering the Rotary Foundation’s mission?
  15. 15. Remembering the DOs & DON’Ts DO • Verify if you are eligible for the program. • Read the application guidelines carefully & thoroughly. • Research & choose the right program based on your eligibility and career goals. • Contact your local Rotary club or district and references as soon as possible. • Request your transcripts and get them translated by a professional certified translator as soon as possible. • Register for any exams you need to take and study for them. • Remember to include whether the positions held in your resume are part-time or full time to show your relevant work experience. • Be honest, sincere, & specific throughout. • Keep a copy of all the forms & documents you submit. • Double check your application, grammar & spelling errors, and that you have included all appropriate documentation.
  16. 16. Remembering the DOs & DON’Ts DON’T • Don’t leave blank spaces in the any section of the application or write “ to be sent later.” You will not have the opportunity to make adjustments after you submit your application. • Don’t wait to search for a Rotary club or district just before the 31 May deadline. Contact them early and if you are having trouble reaching a club or district contact the Rotary Peace Centers directly at • Don’t ask your references if they will provide you a recommendation at the last minute. • Each essay requires you to be specific, don’t be vague. • Don’t submit additional documentation that is not required. • Don’t procrastinate. Rushing and procrastinating will reflect in your application.
  17. 17. Application Checklist Master’s Program Résumé or CV TOEFL or IELTS score: Required for all non-native English speakers GRE score: Required for applicants Duke/UNC only Undergraduate transcripts Two recommendation: one professional & one academic Rotary club recommendation, optional District endorsement Applicant’s certification, signed & dated Professional Certificate Program Résumé or CV Two professional recommendations Rotary club recommendation, optional District endorsement Applicant’s certification, signed & dated WATCH the Application Checklist VIDEO
  18. 18. Resources Visit to access resources • Review application guidelines on the Application Webpage • Watch the Application Checklist Video • Watch a Peace Fellow’s Journey Video • Social Media: • Review the Application FAQs • Read about Tips to improve your application
  19. 19. Save the date Important Reminders: • 31 May 2017: Submit your application to the district for endorsement • 1 July 2017: Completed endorsed applications due to The Rotary Foundation
  20. 20. Thank you Questions? For additional information, please contact