Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Awards

The Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Awards are given annually to students who wish to work toward coexistence and peaceful ways of addressing and resolving conflicts of many sorts. The awards are meant to enhance peace culture as it evolves in our society and elsewhere in the world.

Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the awards. Under usual circumstances, no more than one award per year will be given to a graduate student. Applications are welcome from all undergraduates and graduate students; applicants do not need to be enrolled in the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program.

The awards come from a fund whose value varies from year to year. About $3,500 is granted each year, with no single award exceeding $1,000. Usually, awards range from $300 to $1,000.

Applications must be in one of these three categories:

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Art works and essays on peace

Works of art related to peace include those that reveal the costs of violence, the commitment to non-violent struggle, and artistic expressions of any aspect of peace culture. These submissions might take the form of poetry (a substantial poem or group of poems), a play or scene or short story related to peace; slides of visual art; cassettes or CDs of music; or other forms of documentation appropriate to the work. This category covers only already completed works of art. Essays of 20-30 pages are included in this category of submission.

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Travel grants for participation in a peace project or conference

Grants are for travel in this country or elsewhere.

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Seed money for peace-related projects not involving travel

For example, for designing and organizing a project such as a community mediation service at Brandeis or in a nearby community, or a peace education project in local public or religious schools, or a dialogue.

Please note that if you are applying for travel or seed money you will need to include two letters of recommendation from people familiar with peace work you have done or hope to do.

Applications

Criteria

The selection committee considers the following criteria:

Note 1: Proposals for collaborative projects are especially welcome.

Note 2: Karpf and Hahn grantees are asked to present their project to the Brandeis community in the academic year following receipt of the award.

Selection Process

Faculty and student members of the PAX steering committee evaluate applications. Student members applying for Karpf and Hahn Awards do not take part in the review process. Applicants must meet with Professor Fellman to discuss their proposed project prior to submitting application. 

Application Process

  1. Applications must be in one of these three categories (see above for details):
    • Art works and essays on peace
    • Travel grants for peace-related work
    • Seed money for peace projects
  2. Applicants should submit the following:
    • A cover sheet, completely filled out.
    • A 1-2 page narrative indicating how the proposed project addresses the mission of the Karpf and Hahn Peace Awards.
    • In addition, applicants should submit the following, according to the category of their proposal.
      • For artworks and essays on peace: Works of art related to peace include those that reveal costs of violence, commitment to non-violent struggle, and artistic expressions of any aspect of peace culture. These submissions might take the form of poetry (a substantial poem or group of poems); a play or skit or short story related to peace; slides of visual art; cassettes or CDs of music; or other forms of documentation appropriate to the work. This category covers only already completed works of art. Essays of 20-30 pages are included in this category of submission. Application must include a budget for anticipated expenses.
      • For travel grants and participation in a peace project or conference in this country or elsewhere: in addition to the narrative, submit brochures and other literature, reasons for your travel request, and an indication of how you intend to use what you learn at the conference or from the project. Submit a budget of travel and other costs anticipated.
      • For seed money for peace-related projects not involving travel: for designing and organizing a project such as a community mediation service at Brandeis or in a nearby community, or a peace education project in local public or religious schools, or a dialogue. These are only examples. Let your imagination take over.

In addition to the narrative in this category, answer the following questions:

Note: in the past, many applicants have made mistakes or submitted weak proposals and missed the opportunity to be granted an award.