Rotary scholarships can be divided into two overarching categories: District Grant Scholarships and Global Grant Scholarships. The application process may vary depending on the type of scholarship, but in both cases applicants must initially contact the sponsor Rotary district or club.
District Grant Scholarships are the most flexible type of sponsorship, as they can be used to sponsor students of various stages of their academic career from secondary to graduate school, and they may last from six weeks to over a year. Each Rotary club or district is responsible for deciding what documentation applicants must provide, as well as the modalities for submission. These can include email applications, standardized forms and paper copies.
Global Grant Scholarships are more specific, as they offer financial support only to graduate students studying abroad, and only for applicants focusing their academic efforts on one of the following six areas of focus. These areas are promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children and supporting education, in addition to growing local economies. Before a Global Grant Scholarship can be approved, applicants must show proof of admission to their chosen university. The sponsor club or district must first create an initial application online on the Rotary Foundation website, which is Rotary.org/grants. The candidate then completes the profile online.