Every year, Rotary International awards a select few with a fellowship to study at one of Rotary’s six Peace Centers around the world. The Peace Fellowship awards 100 scholarships to those pursuing careers in peacebuilding; it is revered for developing leaders in peace and conflict resolution.
Recently, One Young World Ambassador, Guled Ibrahim, of Somalia was selected as a recipient of the prestigious fellowship. Having just completed his law degree at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the United States, he will head to Australia to pursue a Master’s of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland.
Guled’s passion for law was ignited when he started working for World Without Genocide (WWG), a human rights organisation that does educational programming and advocacy on genocide-related issues. In 2014, he spent a summer studying at the William Mitchell College of Law in London with sitting U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Soon after, he became a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellow in Human Rights and Law with WWG, where he focused on human rights and participated in the International Criminal Court’s annual meeting in The Hague. Guled also sits on the board of directors for organizations like the United Nations Associations of Minnesota.
“I hope to get involved with peace and conflict resolution efforts in Africa and become a mediator without a border. I want to lead change as both a Rotary Peace Fellow and One Young World Ambassador in the coming years,” he said.
Guled highly encourages One Young World Ambassadors working in peace and security to apply for the fellowship. “The process of applying for the Rotary Peace Fellowship may seem long and daunting, but the effort is well worth the reward.” Fellows typically pursue careers with national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.