Now in its twelfth year, the Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2018. The projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.

  • Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    This grant funds student-designed, grassroots projects which promote peace or address the root causes of conflict among parties. It aims to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation. Some of the most compelling projects to date have reflected one or more of the following characteristics: contributing to conflict prevention; ameliorating conditions leading to violence/conflict; looking for and building on shared attributes among differing peoples, races, ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.; fostering diplomacy or otherwise contribute to advancing peace processes underway; promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in post-conflict areas; finding creative ways to bring people on opposite sides of issues together, such as through art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and mediation skills training for those in conflict or post-conflict societies; starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community. In general, projects should be building blocks for a sustainable peace. The overall program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the U.S. 

    Projects can operate independently or with/under a partner organization. Projects must take place during Summer 2018; they can continue thereafter, but this $10,000 grant must be fully spent before September. Entries can be US-based or international.

    Teams may be made up of one or more members, but at least one member must be a current Wesleyan undergraduate.

    The selection committee looks at a variety of factors when making the selection including but not limited to: viability of the project, leadership skills of the applicant(s), potential impact of the project, smart budgeting and use of resources, strength of community partners or host organizations, creativity, and potential for sustainability.

    Read more on the Davis Projects for Peace website

    Read about past winners: 2007 | 20082009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 201320142015 | 2016 | 2017

  • Timeline

    By December 1

    Grant specs announced

    December 1-January 28

    Applications accepted and Advising appointments available

    To apply, first compile the necessary materials, then submit your application using this form

    December 11, 12, and 13

    12-1 p.m.

    Drop-ins to learn more or work on your application, Allbritton 022

    Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to come to one or more of these

    January 28

    Applications due

    Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. EST will not be considered

    February 2

    Finalists announced

     

    February 5-9

    Finalist interviews

    Selection of one winner and one alternate will be made by February 9, final paperwork is due to the Davis office on February 12, and awards will be confirmed by March 12

    March 12

    Grant(s) confirmed by the Davis Projects for Peace office and 2018 grantee(s) announced

     

  • Application

    Applicants will be required to submit:

    • A 2-page project description (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. Include a heading with the following: name of the participating institution (Wesleyan University), names of all student participants, title of project, dates of the projects, country where the project will be performed
    • A project budget, including anticipated expenses plus other revenue sources if expenses exceed $10,000
    • Letter of support from host/partner organization(s), if applicable 

    To apply, first compile the necessary materials, then submit your application using this form.

  • Selection Committee

    2018 Davis Projects for Peace Selection Committee:

    • Makaela Kingsley, Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
    • Cathy Lechowicz, Director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships
    • Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Director of Foundations, Corporate, and Government Grants
    • Alice Hadler, Associate Dean for International Student Affairs and Adjunct Instructor in English
    • Anthony Hatch, Assistant Professor of Science in Society; Assistant Professor, African American Studies; Assistant Professor, Sociology

    • Paul Turenne, Senior Associate Registrar
    • Claudia Kahindi, 2015 Davis Projects for Peace grantee
Questions? Contact us at engage@wesleyan.edu.