Rotary Global Grant (District 5960)

The Rotary Global Grant funds one year of graduate study abroad in areas related to Rotary’s six areas of focus. Applicants attending St. Olaf College may apply through Rotary District 5960. If an applicant has a home address outside of District 5960 (southeastern MN and part of Western Wisconsin), they may also apply through their home district’s Rotary Center. Applicants who wish to apply through their home district should ensure that there is a global grant offered through their home district (not all Rotary Districts offer the Global Grant).

Initial Deadline: Fall
St. Olaf Contact: Jason Marsh <>, Co-Director of External Fellowships and Scholarships
Rotary District 5960 Contact: Chris Weber (

6 Areas of Focus:

For more details regarding the six areas below, please see the Areas of Focus Policy Statements. The six areas of focus are:

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


Anyone who will have obtained a bachelor’s degree by the time they begin the grant period is eligible to apply (including international students).

Criteria for Selection:

Applications are judged on the following:

  • Compelling rationale for the desired program of study
  • Qualifications that align with future goals
  • Clarity in written and oral communication

Application Procedure:

Please see the list of due dates above. After an applicant submits their final application to the Rotary Club, there will be an initial review of the applicant’s materials. The applicant may be given feedback and an opportunity to revise their application materials (note: feedback is not guaranteed and depends on the number of applicants in the pool). Once the application is finalized, the application will be submitted by the Club on the applicant’s behalf to the District. Following this submission, the applicant may be asked to interview with the District. Typically one applicant is chosen by the District as the recipient of the award.

Award Benefits:

The Rotary Global Grant awards up to $35,000 toward funding of graduate school in any location that has an active Rotary Club. To find Rotary Clubs in various regions around the world, use the Rotary Club Finder.