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Rotary Global Grant Scholarships

Apply through Independent Application Process

Internal Deadline: none - see website for annual deadline, usually fall

» Scholarship's official website


Applicants may apply through their local Rotary organization or the Portland-area Rotary Foundation.  The local foundation agrees to sponsor the applicant as part of the application process.

Global Grant scholars must pursue a career in one of the six Areas of Focus

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution;
  • Disease prevention and treatment;
  • Water and sanitation;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Basic education and literacy;
  • Economic and community development;


  1. Global Grant scholars must pursue a career in one of the six Areas of Focus
  2. Scholars must be proficient in the native language of the host country.
  3. The program of study must be at the graduate level. The program can be no less than  one academic year and no more than four academic years.
  4. The scholar must travel abroad for study.
  5. The scholarship grant amount is a minimum of $30,000 for the entire course of  study.
  6. Scholars must live in the immediate vicinity of the approved study institution and in the host Rotary district so that he/she can participate in the Rotary club and  district activities of the host club/district.
  7. Outgoing scholars must live or be from District 5100.   Incoming scholars must live and attend the approved Study institution in District 5100.
  8. Scholarships may not be used for studies that are already underway.
  9. The  Scholar may NOT be (1) a Rotarian; (2) an employee of a club, district, or any other Rotary entity, or of Rotary International;  (3) the spouse, a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood) of any person in the forgoing two categories.  The Scholar MAY BE a members of a Rotaract Club.
  10. Scholarships may not be used in conjunction with a “study abroad program” operated by an institution other than Rotary.

Selection Criteria

Qualified candidates for Global Grant Scholarships are scholars who:
  • Possess excellent leadership  skills and potential;
  • Demonstrate a proven record  of success in their academic fields and/or vocations;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to  world and community service;
  • Have well-defined and  realistic goals for their academic and professional futures;
  • Plan to pursue a career in  one of the six areas of focus;
  • Understand the aims and  values of Rotary.

During the course of study, Scholars are expected to interact with local Rotarians and Rotary clubs and should always be mindful that they serve in the role of ambassadors  to the community where they will be studying.

Application Procedure

Apply to the local Rotary Foundation office, where you may also be interviewed.  Apply simultaneously to the academic program of interest overseas so that you may have an admissions decision available later in the process when awards are finalized.