What is the Rotary Peace Fellowship?
- Scholarship program funded by Rotary aiming to cultivate human resources to contribute to world peace and conflict resolution.
- Scholars are accepted at Rotary Peace Centers funded in the following 6 universities including ICU for Master's Degree Program: International Christian University (Japan), University of Bradford (UK), Duke University / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (US), University of Queensland (Australia), Uppsala University (Sweden), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).
- ICU is the only institution in Asia which provides Master's Degree Program.
What is the curriculum for this program at ICU?
Scholars, as we call "Peace Fellows", accepted at ICU belong to Graduate School as regular students of Public Policy and Social Research Program and pursue Master's Degree in Peace Studies in two years. They are required to obtain necessary credits for Graduate School requirement as well as to take "Rotary Core Courses" which are the Graduate School courses specifically selected for Peace Fellows. There are also many extra-curricular activities including Hiroshima Field Trip.
What will be covered by the Rotary Peace Fellowship?
The Fellowship will cover application fee, Admission fee, Tuition fees and facilities fees for the designated program duration. Living allowance and some other additional funds including conference and research funds are also provided.
How can I apply for this Fellowship?
Applicants must apply for this fellowship through their local Rotary District, not directly to ICU. They must also meet eligibility requirements determined by Rotary. Please visit Rotary Peace Center website to check application details.
Message from Director of ICU Rotary Peace Center
Prof. ARAKAKI, Osamu / Director of ICU Rotary Peace Center
The ICU Rotary Peace Center was established in 2002, when ICU was designated as one of seven Rotary Centers around the world. It has accepted up to ten Rotary Peace Fellows each year who focus on peace-related research and pursue a two-year master's level degree. They not only have diverse academic backgrounds, but also professional experiences in the fields such as mediation, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding. The ICU Rotary Peace Center provides the Fellows with opportunities to grasp the theory and practice in relation to their studies of conflict resolution, human security, gender, education and others. As the Director of the Center, I offer a course in International Law at the graduate school which deals with various topics including refugees and stateless persons. I hope to help cultivate the next generation of global leaders in human rights and humanitarian activities. The ICU Rotary Peace Center actively coordinates its forums with other institutes like the United Nations organizations and civil society organizations to hear "real voices" of practitioners. Though the wide scope of the opportunities, the Fellows acquire knowledge and develop skills so that they may tackle future issues when they return to their professional fields.
Participation in Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Program
What is JDS Program?
JDS Program is a scholarship program to support human resource development in Japanese ODA recipient countries. Government officials are the main target of this program. JDS fellows are expected to learn updated knowledge and make a human network through their university life, and contribute to the development of their own countries after 2 years Master's course completion.
What is the feature of JDS program in ICU?
ICU has organized a 'JDS Committee,' which has discussed how to meet JDS students' academic needs in the admissions process. To accomplish this goal, JDS Committee is devoted to developing and initiating new designs of courses and special seminars, and inviting renowned guest professors and speakers for JDS students. Field Trip to a suburban city in Japan, such as Okinawa, has been organized by JDS Committee and provided students with opportunities to learn practical issues.
Message from JDS Program Coordinator
Prof. OMORI, Sawa / JDS Program Coordinator
As one of approximately 20 participating universities in Japan, ICU has been accommodating and training promising young government officers, practitioners and researchers from Asian countries under the JDS program in order to help them complete the Master's Course offered by the Graduate School.
The faculty who come from diverse countries and have global work experiences, provide academic education for JDS fellows expecting that JDS fellows can contribute to the development of communities, regions, and countries upon graduation. Through these classes and their lives, JDS fellows have opportunities to interact with other graduate students who come from all over the world. In addition, good academic guidance based on close communication between academic advisors and student is also one of the important characteristics of ICU. Furthermore, courses to acquire academic English skills are offered for non-Japanese students whose native language is not English.
Thus, I believe that ICU Graduate School provides an excellent program for JDS students to develop their future career.
*The number of accepting student in JDS program 2015: 4 from China, 3 from the Philippines, and 2 from Laos. For China, the frame has been charged into "Japan Human Resource Development Scholarship for Chinese Young Leaders" since 2013.
Participation in African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)
ICU has been participating Master's Degree and Internship Program of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative) by the Japanese government and starts to accept young government officers and business persons from 2015 who are going to play an important role in the industrial development in their home countries.