Davis Projects for Peace
Program at a Glance
The Davis Projects for Peace program encourages undergraduate students to design and implement grassroots projects for peace. Details of the program include:
- Projects may be implemented anywhere in the world during the summer.
- 100 projects will be funded on up to 90 campuses.
- Project award is $10,000 per project selected.
- All undergraduate students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply.
- The process is open to individuals and to groups of students.
- Students wishing to apply must submit a draft proposal and a final proposal.
Questions and Answers
What is Davis Projects for Peace?
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for undergraduate students at Davis United World College Scholars Program institutions, including Denison, to design and implement grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Applicants are encouraged 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 more than 90 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each. Projects must be implemented during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace was created through the generosity of Mrs. Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist who died recently at the age of 106.
How are “projects for peace” defined?
The Davis Projects for Peace program hopes to encourage student initiative, 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 contributing 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 art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and mediation 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 (including seniors who would complete their projects the summer following graduation) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.
How will the grants be awarded?
The intention is to fund 100 projects, with at least one at each eligible school. All eligible schools are invited to select and submit one lead proposal and one alternate proposal that might also be funded. The Denison selection committee, coordinated by the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement, will select Denison’s proposals. Final decisions on all grants are made by the Davis UWC Scholars Program office.
What is required for each project's final report?
For each funded project, the responsible student(s) must prepare and submit a final report to the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement. The report is to be limited to two pages of narrative and a one page accounting of the funds expended.
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