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.

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 2019 Davis Projects for Peace Award open Nov. 1 and close Jan. 18. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

2018 Award Recipients

Eduardo Fernandez, a junior health policy management major, and Jacob Stocks, a senior biology major, received the 2018 Davis Projects for Peace Award to implement a project addressing child nutrition and healthcare for women in Lawra, Ghana. By collecting data and partnering with local clinics, Fernandez and Stocks aim to significantly decrease the level of child malnutrition and make a lasting improvement to women’s health through education and outreach work. Fernandez and Stocks are members of Project Heel, a Campus Y organization that has a long history of successful public service projects.