Now in its fourteenth 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 one summer. 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.

To apply, first compile the necessary materials (see below), then submit your application by January 26, 2020, using this form.

  • 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 2020; 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 (note that students are asked not to contact the Davis Projects for Peace office directly; all questions should instead be directed to

    Read about past winners: 200720082009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 201320142015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

  • Timeline

    By September 1

    Grant specs announced

    September 1-January 26

    Applications accepted and advising appointments available

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

    January 26

    Applications due

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

    January 31

    Finalists announced


    February 3-7

    Finalist interviews

    Selection of one winner and one alternate will be made by February 7, final paperwork is due to the Davis office on February 10, and awards will be confirmed by March 10 (these dates are tentative and subject to change)


    Grant(s) confirmed by the Davis Projects for Peace office and 2020 grantee(s) announced


  • Application

    Applicants will be required to submit:

    • A 2-page proposal with information about the applicant/team and any partners/mentors/advisors, the project and its connection to peace or conflict resolution, timeline (including groundwork that has already been done and future milestones), and expected outcomes and potential for future impact. Proposals must include a heading with the following: name of the participating institution (Wesleyan University), names of all student participants, title of project, dates of the project, country where the project will be performed
    • A 1-page 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

    2020 Davis Projects for Peace Selection Committee:

    • to be announced

    2019 Davis Projects for Peace Selection Committee:

    • Makaela Kingsley, Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
    • Alice Hadler, Associate Director, Fries Center for Global Studies
    • Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Jewish Chaplain
    • Paul H. Turenne, Systems Analyst, Information Technology Services
    • Elizabeth J. McCormick, Associate Director, Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants
    • Alvin Chitena '19, 2017 Davis Projects for Peace grantee
    • Magdalena Zapedowska, Assistant Director of Fellowships, Fries Center for Global Studies
    • Hana ElSafoury '19 (ex officio)
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