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 are now being accepted for the 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Award at the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal and are due by Jan. 20, 2015. For details, visit ccps.unc.edu/awards-recognition. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu or call 919-843-7568. Save the date for the 2015 Public Service Awards on April 7, 2015.

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.

2014 Award recipient

The 2014 Davis Projects for Peace Award was presented to Multilateral Dialogue in the Prokletije/ Bjeshkët e Namuna (Accursed Mountains) developed by Kelsey Aho ’14, a geography major from Marietta, Ga. The project is a foundation for sustaining peace in the region by reintroducing neighbors through a multicultural dialogue. Through international volunteer education and multicultural youth exchanges, environmental cooperation will be the tool for transcending political boundaries to promote regional trust and stability.