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 open Nov. 1 and close Jan. 22. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

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.

2017 Award Recipients

2017 Davis Projects for Peace award recipientsGodwin Attigah ’18 and Crystal Yuille ’17 received the 2017 Davis Project for Peace Award for Project Kijani – Efficient and Affordable Cooking Fuel. This project developed and distributed a clean, eco-friendly yet cheaper form of cooking fuel to the people of Atebubu, Ghana. The Kijani Pellets made use of locally sourced waste materials like sawdust and agricultural waste that were processed into solid chunks of cooking fuel. These pellets provide a healthier alternative to charcoal and firewood, subsequently helping to increase access to cultivable land and reduce conflict between farmers and charcoal companies.