Davis Projects for Peace

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Overview

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.

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.

Applications for the 2020 Davis Projects for Peace open Nov. 1 and close Jan. 18. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

2019 Award Recipients

Maya Weinberg, a senior political science and Latin American studies major, and Paulina Covarrubias Álvarez, a junior at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, are partnering on their project Semillas Sostenibles (Sustainable Seeds) and received the 2019 Davis Projects for Peace Award. They are working with Puente a la Salud Comunitaria to address the dropping value of small-scale cultivation by helping farmers transition to different varieties of amaranth in the Central Valleys region of Oaxaca, Mexico. The decline of produce prices has led to cartels targeting farmers to produce poppy which is used to produce illicit drugs, further fueling the drug war. They plan to construct a seed bank that will also support communities in building a larger and tighter network of farmers, thus enriching their social and professional infrastructure.