Davis Projects for Peace
About Projects for Peace
Projects for Peace is a global program that partners with educational institutions to identify and support young peacebuilders. Each year, 125 or more student leaders are each awarded a grant of $10,000 to implement a Project for Peace.
Since 2007, the program encourages college students to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. Successful Projects for Peace grantees take time to consider what peace could look like and how they might meaningfully contribute. They also have a deep appreciation for the context, communities, and/or cultures where the project takes place, ready to dedicate a summer to their vision for peace.
Intentionally, no clear definition is offered so as not to limit the imagination. We leave it up to the students to define what a "project for peace" might look like. We hope to encourage creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere – and may be as grassroots as desired, including in the United States.
Eligibility and Application Process
The application for 2024 Projects for Peace will open soon. Undergraduate students (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible to apply. Groups of students, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.
Each Project for Peace must have a Faculty Mentor for the project whose area of expertise aligns with the project's goals. Learn more about Faculty Mentor Guidelines.
To be considered for the Davis Projects for Peace Grant, please complete the online application and submit the following by Friday, January 12, 2024. All Brandeis undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this $10,000 grant. For inquiries or additional information, please contact our Assistant Director for Fellowships, Deyja Gentile.
2023 Davis Projects for Peace Grantee
The Brandeis awardee for Summer 2023 is Daniel Block '25. Daniel is majoring in Environmental Studies and American Studies, with a minor in Legal Studies. His project, entitled "Stewarding Sustainable Relationships Between Rural Midwestern Communities and the Soil in the Era of Climate Change," will be carried out in Sheldon, Illinois at Zumwalt Acres.
This farm is a regenerative agriculture community working to develop a model of land stewardship in Illinois that is ecologically sustainable and socially responsible, rooted in Jewish values. It sits on the traditional unceded homelands of the Kickapoo, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Potawatomi, Myaamia, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples. Daniel's faculty mentor is Prof. Sally Warner of the Brandeis Environmental Studies Program.