The Karpf Peace Awards and Hahn Peace Awards are given annually to people 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 PAX program.

Amount of the Award

Each year the Karpf fund awards $3,500 to students, while the Hahn fund awards $4,000. 
Students apply for these awards jointly. Typically, award amounts vary from $300 - 5,000. Some projects are funded completely and others partially. 


The selection committee considers the following criteria:

  • the significance and feasibility of the work proposed and its relevance to promoting a culture of peace and strengthening coexistence and furthering the purpose of the Karpf and Hahn Awards (see statement of purpose, above)
  • the likely benefit of the proposed project to the applicant and especially to others in the Brandeis community and beyond
  • clarity and coherence of the proposal, including the narrative and the budget
  • 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 below 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 (see below).
    • 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.
  3. I. 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.

    II. 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.

    III. 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:

    • Who will conduct the project? What experiences do they have relevant to the proposed project?
    • Who are the intended beneficiaries of the project?
    • What is your work plan? (A chart that includes tasks, timeline and persons responsible is very helpful.)
    • What is your budget? Indicate all of the sources of income, which are committed and which are possibilities, and, in a separate section, the expenses you anticipate. Note how you will proceed if you receive less money than you request.
  4. All applicants should also submit a resume that highlights peace- related study, activism, and artistic/cultural work.
  5. All applicants should include the names and contact information for two people who can serve as references about your seriousness, reliability, perseverance, and creativity. Applicants should share their application materials with their recommenders.
  6. Applicants are required to discuss their applications with Professor Gordie Fellman at least two weeks before the application deadline. (Note: in the past, many applicants have made mistakes or submitted weak proposals and missed the opportunity to be granted an award.)

Davis Peace Prize

The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2014. Students of Davis United World College Scholars Program partner institutions — including Brandeis — are eligible for the $10,000 grants.

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