Global Grant Scholarships - District 7070

GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIPS – 2023  Dates (for the academic year 2023-24)

  •  FEBRUARY 28, 2023 - Last date for submission of complete applications to District 7070 Global Grant Scholarship Committee

  •  MARCH 18, 2023 -  Interview of selected candidates by District 7070 Scholarship Committee

BACKGROUND:  The Ambassadorial Scholarship Program, created by RI in 1947, became the Global Grant Scholarship Program in 2013.  More than 40,000 men and women from over 100 countries have  studied abroad under these programs.  Acknowledged as the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program, today’s Global Grant Scholars are expected to be ambassadors for Rotary and Canada to their host countries.

Global Grant Scholarships are US$30,500  scholarships for postgraduate work in any of Rotary's 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

Supporting the environment 

There is no cost to sponsoring Rotary clubs other than time for selection and mentoring of candidates.  The funding is 50% from the Foundation’ World Fund and 50% District Designated Funds.  Scholarships are to cover rations and quarters, tuition, travel and language training, etc.,   excluding costs incurred prior to the award.

Global Grant scholars must have an interest in the goals of Rotary and be willing to participate in Rotary activities at home and abroad.  The scholarships instill the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self and develop leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community.

 What can Rotary Clubs do:     Identify and mentor candidates.  Candidates are often self selected as this group is highly motivated, intelligent and successful. Most often they research the Global Grant Scholarship program on-line and then contact a Rotary Club in their area of residence, work or study.  Clubs can also promote the scholarship and invite applications.  Key is to respond with basic information and begin to qualify the candidates and guide the application process to the District Scholarship Committee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

QUALIFYING candidates on initial contact is basically determining that the candidate:  has some nexus to District 7070, will be pursuing post graduate study outside of Canada and the U.S., expressed  goals are aligned with a Rotary  Area of Focus, and that a live interview will be required.  Rotaractors and former youth exchange students are eligible, however the candidate must not be a spouse or  lineal descendant of an active Rotarian.

Candidates are expected to be goodwill ambassadors for Rotary and Canada.  Their involvement with Rotary will continue during the and afterwards as they pursue their life goals.  

Beyond confirming a candidate’s eligibility,  the goal of club and committee interviews is to help determine whether he or she has:

*  Excellent leadership skills and potential

* A proven record of success in his or her academic field or vocation

* A commitment to community service

*  Well-defined and realistic goals

* Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field

*  Sincerity about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period .


The time between invitation and interview usually involves intense work by the candidates completing  prerequisites – letters of recommendation, acceptance, transcripts, etc. This is where mentoring by the club scholarship committee is most important as they will have the opportunity to discuss their applications statements of purpose, goals, etc and help them develop a knowledge of Rotary, which is useful preparation for the interview with the Global Grant Scholarship Committee. 

At the conclusion of the Interviews (March 18, 2023) candidates are informed of the decision and then the District makes application to RI for  matching funding from the Foundations World Fund. 


  • Use Rotary websites for information and forms on this page

  • DEADLINE OF February 28, 2023 for complete application to Global Grant Scholar Committee, including

(1) University Acceptance, Letters of reference, Transcripts,

            (2) Candidates Essays & Statements relating Academic Program to Area of Focus and Goals



The Scholarship Program

Global Grant Scholarships fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. The mission of the scholarship is to enable Rotary to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Through global grants, Rotarians support future leaders in fields related to 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

  • Supporting the environment 

Applicants must show a plan to pursue a career in an area of focus and have a long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change in that area. 


Application Procedures

Applicants are encouraged to approach their local District 7070 Rotary Club to sponsor their application. Any applicants without a sponsoring club can email Kevin Power or Ross Bowser for assistance.

All applicants shall complete and submit the District 7070 Global Grant Scholarship Application (see file list to left) and submit the information required in the application by email to Kevin Power or Ross Bowser.

All applicants are to review the Area of Focus Policy Statements and the Grant Terms and Conditions (see file list to left). Please note that the scholarship is for University Graduate level study and that the school cannot be in the USA or Canada. 

NOTE: You may contact Kevin Power or Ross Bowser, Scholarship Co-Chairs,with any questions or for further information.