How to apply for a scholarship

(updated 2nd March 2020)

Information for Potential Applicants

Rotary District 1090 in the Thames Valley, UK, is looking to award two scholarships for post-graduate study in the academic year 2020/21. These scholarships are each for USD 30,000 with one for study at Brunel University and one for study at Reading University. We have identified a few courses at each University, that we think fit our scheme well. Applicants’ studies, careers and community work must fit within one or more of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Applicants must be from outside the UK, from a low or middle-income country.

We will accept applications from candidates who fit the criteria below and who have been offered places to study on one of the following one year full time masters courses starting September/October 2020:

Reading University:

• MSc in Environmental Pollution
• MSc in Environmental Management
We expect the course and the students’ careers & community work to fit within the Water and Sanitation area of focus.

Brunel University:

• MSc in Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education
• MSc in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
• MA in Children, Youth and International Development
• MSc in Water Engineering
• MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion
These courses could fit any of our six areas of focus. Applicants are asked to explain which area of focus their study, careers and community work fit best.

We are not normally in a position to offer two scholarships, so it is likely that for the academic year 2021/22, we will return to one scholarship. We may continue to offer these for students on specific courses at specific universities but that will be decided in late 2020.

If you think you are eligible for a Rotary Scholarship but not eligible for these Rotary District 1090 Scholarships, then please scroll to the foot of this page.

Background

The Rotary Scholarship programme is one of the largest privately funded scholarship programmes in the world. In 2017 Rotary International celebrated 70 years of the scholarship programme.  In the last 15 years this District has supported over 200 Scholars on either the former “Ambassadorial” scheme or the current Global Grant scheme. The majority of these have studied within our District and been funded by their home Rotary Clubs and Districts, but District 1090 has also funded one scholar each year (and very occasionally two scholars) to study overseas or in our District.

Rotary Graduate Scholarships are funded by Rotary Foundation Global Grants and all applications for Global Grants must fit one or more of the Areas of Focus. To read more about the Areas of Focus, visit the Rotary Foundation webpages on the Rotary International website.

Scholarships can be for a single year, or for up to four years, of academic graduate full time study. The scholarship may not be used for unsupervised research, medical internship or residency, or for full time employment.

Students in receipt of a Rotary Scholarship are not prohibited from applying to or receiving funds from other scholarship schemes.

Visit the Rotary International ‘My Rotary’ webpages to read more about the activities funded by Global Grants, including graduate scholarships.

The Scholarship on Offer and Eligibility

This scholarship is for students from outside the UK, who are planning to take up a place on a graduate course within District 1090. To be eligible:

  1. Applicants must be from (a citizen of or long term resident of) a low to middle income country, as defined by the UK Government’s Department of International Development, or the World Bank or other similar organisation.
  2. Applicants must have been offered a place to study on a full time one year graduate course in the academic year 2020/21.
  3. The planned university course must fit under one or more of Rotary’s Areas of Focus.
  4. Applicants must be planning to study at Reading or Brunel Universities.

Reading University:

  • MSc in Environmental Pollution
  • MSc in Environmental Management

Brunel University:

  • MSc in Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education
  • MSc in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
  • MA in Children, Youth and International Development
  • MSc in Water Engineering
  • MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion

5. Rotarians are not eligible to apply. Applicants may not be related to a Rotarian (partner, child or grandchild of a current Rotarian or someone who has been a Rotarian in the last three years). Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and this fits with the rule that Rotarians and their families may not be beneficiaries of a Global Grant.

 

Application Process

This is a two-stage application process.  This Scholarship is awarded by Rotary Foundation central offices in the USA, but must first be endorsed by Rotary District 1090.

Applicants should complete the online application form and submit this before the deadline of 5pm on 24th April 2020.

***** The link to the online application form will be forwarded by course administrators at Reading and Brunel Universities to applicants offered places to study on the above courses. *****

 

Applications will be evaluated by a committee representing the Rotary District 1090 Foundation Committee, and short-listed applicants will be requested to attend an interview (by Skype) in mid May 2020. A preferred applicant (one from each university) and runner-up will be selected for each of the two scholarships.

The selected District-endorsed applicants will then be linked to a ‘sponsoring’ Rotary Club in District 1090. The District 1090 Foundation Committee will also find a partner Rotary Club and Rotary District from another country. This may not be from the applicant’s home country, but the applicant will be encouraged to engage with Rotary in their home country.

The final decision on award of the scholarship will be made by the central Rotary Foundation offices in the USA. The selected District 1090 candidate will be given full support to complete the Rotary Foundation Global Grant online application form. There is no requirement to complete the Rotary Foundation online application form when submitting an initial application to District 1090.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of acceptance from the university of their choice before the scholarship is awarded.

Award of Funds

Once the scholarship is awarded, the sponsoring Rotary Club will be responsible for managing the funds. Both the Club and the Scholar are required to submit reports to the Rotary Foundation.

 

OTHER Rotary Scholarships for those wishing to study in District 1090 in the Thames Valley, at the universities of Brunel, Bucks New, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading

If you are applying to or have been offered a place to study at a university in our district, and you are not eligible to apply for the above District 1090 Scholarship, then you should apply to your home Rotary District for a scholarship. If successful, then you or your sponsoring Rotary Club or District would contact the District 1090 Scholars Committee to ask for a partner club to host you and to support your Global Grant application to Rotary International. See the links above for further information on the Areas of Focus and the links to the My Rotary webpages.