Davis Projects for Peace Award

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Davis Projects for Peace is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each.

The program is made possible by the late Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2007 by committing $1 million for 100 projects for peace. She was so pleased with the outcome that she has continued funding these projects. For more information, visit the Davis Projects for Peace website.

Applications for the Davis Projects for Peace Award are closed.

Submission Guidelines

Each participating institution will select and submit one proposal for funding along with up to two additional proposals to be considered. The Carolina Center for Public Service oversees the selection process at UNC-Chapel Hill.

To be considered, an undergraduate student (or group of students) must prepare an online application which:

  • describes the project (who, what, where) and how it will promote peace,
  • includes expected outcomes,
  • a realistic budget, and
  • describes prospects for future impact.

2016 Award Recipients

Robert Alfredson ’17 and Diwash Thapa ’16 received the 2016 Davis Project for Peace Award for their project Bridging Educational Divides through Scientific Mentorship in Kathmandu. The project, to be implemented during the summer of 2016, centers on creating a scientific laboratory for students at a secondary school on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. The project will also establish a physical and digital network between the students and undergraduate mentors at Nepalese universities Trinity International College and Institute of Engineering, Thapathali.