The Rotary Foundation


The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts oRotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 only, to more than US$55 million. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.


Ambassadorial Scholarships – Seeks to promote understanding and friendly relations between people of different nations through Scholarships, awarded to outstanding persons to study in another country. Enables students to undertake formal university studies outside their own country for one year and act as Rotary Ambassadors of goodwill.

Rotary World Peace Scholarships – The Rotary Centres for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution offer the opportunity to pursue a two year fully funded masters-level degree in international studies, peace studies and conflict resolution at one of six Rotary Centres. Our University of Queensland is one of those centres.