Davis Projects for Peace

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

Davis Projects for Peace Application.  Due date: January 17, 2019 by midnight. Applicants are highly encouraged to reach out to Professor Gordie Fellman and Lauren Jordahl  prior to the winter break to discuss their proposal. 

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Who is funding this and why?

Davis Projects for Peace is being funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist. Davis earned a BA from Wellesley, an MA from Columbia and a PhD from the University of Geneva. She was the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis, who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, which currently involves more than 90 American colleges and universities. Mrs. Davis has felt some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world, $1 million on her behalf is committed to funding 100 $10,000 projects for peace. She always believed that today's youth - tomorrow's leaders - ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas. Davis passed away in 2013 at the age of 106.

What do you mean by "projects 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.

Who is eligible to design a project for peace?

Undergraduate students at any of the Davis UWC Scholar schools (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible - so long as the president of their institution has signed and returned the grant agreement form. While the schools included are restricted to those in the Davis UWC Scholars Program, all undergraduates (not just Davis UWC Scholars at those schools) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

How does the funding for these projects work?

Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund Davis Projects for Peace in 2017. 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, foundation, 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 two pages) as well as a budget (one separate page). Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to the designated official at each campus as outlined below. Students with queries may direct them to Professor Gordon Fellman, fellman@brandeis.edu. Communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.

How are these proposals submitted and judged?

Each involved campus has a designated official to coordinate the process on each campus. This official, in ways s/he deems appropriate, will guide the internal campus procedures for announcing and promoting the opportunity to students; organizing the selection committee to evaluate the proposals submitted; communicating results on a timely basis to the Davis UWC Scholars office; and distributing the awarded grant funds for the winning proposal(s) on campus. 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 forward the appropriate grant funds to each school with winning project(s).

How will the grants be awarded?

The intention 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 might be funded as well. Final decisions on all grants are made by the Davis UWC Scholars Program office. Grants are made upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer of 2017.