Scholarships and Training
The Foundation Global and District grants available address humanitarian needs through support for Scholarships and Vocational Training Teams. Supporting today's scholars is an investment  in tomorrow's leaders in an Area of Focus.
Global grants support international graduate-level study related to an area of focus for one to four years.
District Grants are more flexible because there is no international component. Districts develop their own criteria for selecting scholars, determine the monetary amount of the awards, and support students attending local universities,
Vocational Scholarships - support individual study. The institution and specific arrangements depend on whether the grant is a global or district grant.
Peace Fellowships – Two scholarship streams are available under The Rotary Foundation’s Peace and Conflict Resolution fellowship programme:
  • a two-year Masters programme in one of five Rotary peace centre qualified universities.
  • a three-month, short-term Professional Development Certificate course at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Vocational Training Teams
Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.
Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. Teams with global grant funding target their training to an area of focus.
Currently, our district is involved in this programme through the China Friendship & Projects activity.
2016 D9940 Vocational Scholar
Maeve Hume-Nixon has been awarded a global grant scholarship by the Rotary Foundation to study for a Master of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
during 2016/17.
Maeve’s application was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Waikanae where her counsellor is Richard Campbell and she was selected by the district panel from a field of extremely good candidates. Her host club in the UK will be the Rotary Club of Bush Hill Park.
Maeve qualified as a doctor at Otago University. She subsequently gained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the University of Liverpool and followed that with a period working as a volunteer in rural Kenya as a clinical fellow at Village HopeCore International, a development NGO founded by a Rotarian.
She tells us she is passionate about improving health in developing countries and especially in addressing the problems of non-communicable diseases in those communities. After completing her studies, Maeve intends qualifying as a general practitioner which will position her to seek capacity-building roles in developing countries.
Past Scholars
Below is a record of recent past Vocational and Peace Scholars selected by clubs in our district
Vocational Scholars - inbound in to D9940
Name Year Sponsor club Host Club Institution Area of Study
Holly Morchat 2011-12 District 5830 Hutt City VUW Post graduate Diploma of Commerce, specialising in Management
Fabian Wagner 2011-12 Hamburg-Deichtor Rotary Club of Hamburg, Germany Wellington VUW Post Graduate Diploma in public management
Kaitlin Valda 2011-12 Soldotna, Alaska Wellington North VUW Sociology
David Campbell 2011-12 Wilmington West Western Hutt VUW Masters Degree in Environmental Management
Casey Clare 2001-12 Hot Springs National Park Wellington South VUW Development Studies
Jennie Smith 2011-12 Northwest Des Moines Terrace End Massey University Business/Horticulture
Peace Fellowships - outbound from D9940
Name Year Sponsor club Host Club Institution Area of Study
Catherine Harwood 2011-12  Mt Victoria Gravenhage, Residentie, The Hague Leiden University, The Netherlands Advanced Master of Laws in Public International Law specialising in Peace, Justice and Development
Esther King 2012-13  Wainuiomata   Bradford University  
Aaron Couchman 2012 Wellington   Chulalongkom University, Thailand