The Rotary Foundation funds up to 100 Peace Fellowships worldwide each year; 50 for candidates undertaking Master’s courses at 5 approved Universities (Uppsala in Sweden, Bradford in the UK, International Christian University in Japan, Duke University and University of North Carolina in the US, and the University of Queensland in Australia). As well as 50 for candidates undertaking the three month professional development certificate at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. District 9800 has been successful in having a candidate funded in each of the 15 years the program has been in operation at a rate of just over two per year; an outcome that remains intact with the recently announced successful candidates in 2017 who will be taking up offers during 2018.
In fact our success rate this year has been outstanding. Amra Lee has been offered a Fellowship to study at Uppsala University. She has been working in Beirut for UNHCR and the Australian Government of Foreign Affairs and Trade with victims of sexual and gender based violence.
'Kelly Lawson is an Inspector with Victoria Police and is the local area commander for the City of Darebin. Jennifer Grover has been working with RedR as a training officer.
Both Jennifer and Kelly will be participating in the professional development certificate course. Two other District endorsed candidates are listed as alternates for candidates who may not be able to take up offers in the program.
They are Catherine Harris, working for Australian Red Cross in Fiji, who is an alternate for the program at Duke University and Jean Noel Melotte from RedR, currently in Sierra Leone working on a post disaster needs analysis for victims of the mudslides in that country, who is an alternate for the professional development course.
Clubs involved in mentoring applicants this year were Brighton, Kew and the Rotary Club of Melbourne. All seven of our District endorsed candidates were amazing individuals who have proven their worth to us by their actions, fully encompassing the Rotary motto of service above self. We wish them all well in their future careers and life. Hopefully some will become Rotarians in due course. If any Rotarian in the District reading this summary is alerted to a potential applicant known to them who may be interested in applying for a Fellowship 2018, now is the time to begin the conversation. My e-mail address for follow up of candidates expressing interest is firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Helme Chair, District 9800 Peace Fellowships Committee.