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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 2022 Davis Projects for Peace will be accepted November 1, 2021 through January 14, 2022. 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

2021 Award Recipients

Fariha Rahman, a senior studying health policy and management with minors in chemistry and biology, and Merve Rida Bayraktar, a sophomore studying computer science and the founder of Pink STREAM, received a 2021 Davis Projects for Peace grant for their project, FreeTechLib at Pink STREAM (FTLPS). Since 2019, Pink STREAM has offered free courses and workshops in a variety of topics, including 3D printing, electronics, robotics and app design to youth who have access to the necessary technology to participate. FTLPS will be a free technology library that will enable Pink STREAM, an organization working toward educating and empowering K-8 girls in STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Math), to make their classes more accessible to refugee girls who may be unable to participate due to lack of access to the technology.

2020 Award Recipient

The 2020 Davis Projects for Peace grant was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to recognize Nesreen Abu Khalaf, a senior studying public policy and information science in the College of Arts and Sciences, for being selected to receive the 2020 Davis Projects for Peace grant for her proposed project: Civic Tech Clubhouse for Young Jordanian Women. Abu Khalaf identified declining economic and social conditions of the working class in Jordan that disproportionately impact women. To address these issues, she proposed a free summer camp designed to empower and engage young Jordanian women through innovation and technology. With a civic-focused STEM camp, her project aimed to engage Jordanian women to develop, learn and implement technology-focused service initiatives. Her project sought to encourage participants to bring what they learned to similar clubs in their own schools in an effort to promote peace and sustainable development across Jordan.