Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2017 -- anywhere in the world -- which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers, which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

  • When are the applications due and what is the timeline?

    The applications for Wesleyan students are due on Sunday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m. Application information here.

    The selection committee will review applications, and aggregated feedback will be sent to applicants on February 6. Finalist interviews will take place on February 8. One winner and one alternate will be asked to prepare a final application by February 9, which will then be submitted to the Davis Projects for Peace office by the Wesleyan liaison on February 10. The Davis staff will respond with final confirmation by March 13.

  • Who is on the selection committee?

    Makaela Kingsley, Director Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

    Cathy Lechowicz, Director of the Center for Community Partnerships [Ex Officio]

    Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Director of Foundations, Corporate, and Government Grants 

    Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Jewish Chaplain

    Alice Hadler, Associate Dean for International Student Affairs and Adjunct Instructor in English

    Paul Turenne, Senior Associate Registrar

    Greg Bernard, Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

  • Who is funding this and why?
    Projects for Peace is funded by the Davis family to honor Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist (who earned a B.A. from Wellesley, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva) who died in April 2013 at the age of 106. She was the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program currently involving 90 American colleges and universities. Mrs. Davis believed that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.
  • What do you mean by "projects for peace"?
    We hope to encourage student intiative, 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 arts, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and meditation 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.
  • Who is eligible to design a "project for peace"?
    Undergraduate students at any of the Davis UWC Scholar schools (Wesleyan is a UWC School!), including seniors who would complete their project after graduation, are eligible. While the schools included are restricted to those in the Davis UWC Scholars Program, all undergraduates, not just UWC Scholars at those schools, are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.
  • How does funding for these projects work?
    Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund Davis Projects for Peace in 2016. While Davis funding per project is limited to $10,000, projects with larger budgets are welcome as is co-funding from other sources (such as other philanthropists, a college or university, foundations, NGO/PVO or students' own fundraising).
  • How does a student (or group of students) make a proposal?

    To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed 2 pages) as well as a budget (one separate page).  All written project proposals require a heading to include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, country where the project will be performed.  Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project; this should be indicated by a support letter that can be included with your proposal or e-mailed to Makaela Kingsley (mjkingsley@wesleyan.edu). 

    The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically through the on-line application.  Students with queries may direct them to Makaela Kingsley, the campus designated official, as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.

  • How are these proposals submitted and judged?
    Proposals should be submitted using the online application.

    The selection committee looks at a variety of factors when making the selection including, but not limited to: viability of the project, potential impact of the project, smart budgeting and use of resources, strength of community partners, creativity, and potential for sustainability.

    Final review and approval of all recommended proposals from individual campuses rest solely with the office of the Davis UWC Scholars program which will then award grant funds to each school with winning project(s).

  • How will the grants be awarded and administered?

    The intention of the Davis foundation is to fund 100 projects, with at least one at each of the Davis UWC Scholar schools. Therefore, all involved schools are invited to select and submit one proposal for funding and one alternate proposal that be funded as well. Final decisions on winning proposals are made by the Davis UWC Scholars Program office. Grants are made to Davis UWC Scholars Program partner schools upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer of 2016.

    Once awarded, the recipient will work with Makaela Kingsley to plan out the exact use of funds. The grant dollars can be accessed by utilizing invoices or reimbursement. The recipient is not given the entire $10,000 directly. All expenses will be processed through the University.