Grants & Scholarships

Scholarships available from Rotary International

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of $24,000 for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies. They are the most common type of Ambassadorial Scholarships.

Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships help fund two years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of $12,000 is provided each year.

Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships help finance either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country. They provide a flat grant of $11,000 for three months and $16,000 for six months. Funds are intended to offset costs associated with round-trip transportation, language training, and homestay living arrangements. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Some Rotary districts may offer only one type of scholarship, or none at all. Applicants must check with their local club about availability. Grants are provided in U.S. dollars or their international equivalent.

Other scholarship opportunities

There are many ways for districts to support the Ambassadorial Scholarships program besides financing awards through the District Designated Fund (DDF). Endowed, named, and donated scholarships differ from regular DDF-funded Ambassadorial Scholarships because they are financed by an alternate source, and recipients often must comply with special study or location restrictions determined by the donor or donating district. Other options include supporting the world competitive scholarships made possible by district donations to the Scholarships Fund Pool for Low-Income Countries and contributing to the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Read more about Ambassadorial Scholarships and other opportunities in the program handbook.

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