Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
It is that time of year again. The applications for the 2013 Rotary Peace Fellowships are in and we are busily reading and learning about the applicants for a Fellowship here at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University. It is a long and detailed process that sees us debating each candidate as we put our list together. Once that is finished, the next steps take place at the annual selection meeting at the Rotary headquarters.
Once a year a committee of Rotarians and Rotary Peace Center representatives gathers to select fellows for the following year. Each application is read by their first and second choice Center and two Rotarians. The readers score the applications and the scores and comments are summarized for everyone to see. The Centers also prepare a list of candidates they would like to accept. At the meeting, we go around the table and the Centers take turns picking candidates. Each candidate is reviewed and discussed by the committee. Reservations and objections to selections are discussed until agreement is reached. Rotarians also suggest candidates to Centers.
While the entire application is taken into account when making these decisions, for our Center, the most important elements are the applicant’s work experience and statement of how they will use what they learn from our program in their work.
Best of luck to all the 2013 applicants!