Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Those with advanced language skills looking to do research will be interested in funding opportunities from Rotary International. The Rotary Club offers academic year Ambassadorial Scholarships (1 year of study abroad). The academic year scholarship awards scholars $27,000 USD.

The Ambassadorial Scholarships program supports the mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by:

  • Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country
  • Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects
  • Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home communities and countries
  • Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community
  • Impacting all areas of the world through a balanced geographical distribution of scholars Encouraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportunities for scholars from low-income countries
  • Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars

Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Before completing the application, contact your local Rotary club to make sure that the district participates in this program. Because timelines vary, only your local club can provide specific information about application deadlines. For 2012-13 awards, club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2011 or as late as 15 August 2011. Remember that availability varies by Rotary district. If your local district is not offering scholarships at this time, try inquiring next year.

Japan-specific information:

All Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholars (excluding Japan Ambassadorial Scholarship recipients) are required to pass the Level I of the Japanese Language Proficiency Examination (日本語能力試験) administered by the Japanese government every December as part of their pre-departure preparation. Please schedule this exam as soon as possible. Information on this examination can be found at Scholars who are unable to pass Level I of the Japanese Language Proficiency Examination are urged to contact their Scholarship Coordinator immediately to discuss other alternatives.

The Club Locator indicates that there are 1,000 Rotary Club locations in Japan.

Application process
Program year 2012-13

November/December 2010

* Application materials for 2012-13 Ambassadorial Scholarships become available on the RI website.
* Applicants must contact the nearest Rotary club to
o Determine whether scholarship funding is available
o Ask about local application deadlines
o Obtain application materials

January-15 July 2011

Applicants should complete the 2012-13 application, carefully researching possible institutions of study. There is no need to apply for or take language tests at this time.

September-15 December 2011

All 2012-13 scholarship applicants will receive notification of their study institution assignments (as long as their applications were submitted by the 1 October district deadline).

February 2011

All 2012-13 scholarship recipients will receive a packet of information from the Foundation. This material outlines the steps they’re required to complete in preparation for their term.

For more information, see:

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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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2 Responses to Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

  1. Nyssa says:

    Hi, I was just looking this today and the beginning of this post might need a little addendum. Unfortunately, after the 2009-2010 year, Rotary will not offer 3 types of scholarships.* They offer just one– the Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship. All the other information seems to be up to date.


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