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This project was incredibly influential in how I view the world and the role everyone plays in realizing everyone’s human rights. In helping bring this project to fruition, it fortified my want to work towards a more equitable future, where anyone can lead a healthy life.

– Eduardo Fernandez, 2018 Davis Projects for Peace Recipient

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.

Maya Weinberg with weedsThe 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 that:

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

Applications for the 2023 Davis Projects for Peace will likely be accepted November 2022 through mid January 2023. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Please note that communication between students writing proposals for this award and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited. Please direct any questions about this award to Ryan Nilsen at

2022 Award Recipients

Aimee Yan, a sophomore studying public policy and Asian studies; Brooke Chow, a sophomore studying public policy and business administration; Michael Zhang, a first-year studying education and public policy; and Pratyush Seshadri, a first-year studying mathematics and economics, received a 2022 Davis Projects for Peace grant for their project, Visibility Forward: Addressing Anti-AAPI Violence through Culturally Representative Education. Visibility Forward is an educational organization they founded that seeks to increase the teaching of Asian American history in secondary school classrooms throughout the United States. To that end, the organization plans to compile a comprehensive catalogue of resources that educators can utilize and incorporate into their own lesson plans. Visibility Forward plans to implement change through policy development to ensure knowledge of Asian American issues and understanding within North Carolina and the broader US. In light of anti-Asian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, Visibility Forward’s ultimate goal is to increase public well-being and safety, increase Asian American visibility, and create a more compassionate society.