Beginning in 2007, Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, sponsored an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer.
Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design grassroots projects for the summer—anywhere in the world—which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.
How it Works
The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace on the ground.
- Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.
- Groups of students from Bryn Mawr as well as individual students may submit proposals. Groups comprised of students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford will be eligible for consideration.
- One project from Bryn Mawr will be chosen each year to receive this funding award through an on-campus process overseen by the Davis Projects for Peace Bryn Mawr College Selection Committee.
Students with specific queries may direct them to Ellie Esmond (Career and Civic Engagement Center) as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.
The Career & Civic Engagement Center advises students to consider both in-person and remote implementation plans for their proposed projects regardless of their location with the understanding that global restrictions on travel and in-person work are constantly shifting as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are expected to stay in close communication with community partners and check on College COVID-19 policy updates related to pandemic-related travel restrictions so they can adjust to possible changes.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at Noon EST.
To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare the following:
The application includes a Project Proposal describing the project (who, what, where, how) including goals and prospects for future impact that must not exceed two pages as well as a budget* (one separate page). The project description should include a general timeline for the proposed endeavor. All applicants must also submit a resume and a brief personal statement. These should be uploaded via the online application.
* Instructions for creating a budget
Please consult the Davis Projects for Peace "Budget Template Instructions." While this is designed for Fellowship recipients, it is a useful guide for planning a project budget. Figures need not be exact at the time of application, but should be researched and realistic.
Two online recommendations must be submitted for each participant in the project with at least one from a Tri-Co faculty member. The second recommendation may be from a faculty member from another institution or another person who can speak to your ability to carry out the proposed project.
Send the above link to your recommenders at least three weeks before the application deadline. You must also provide your recommender with information about your application (draft of your project proposal, personal statement, and/or resume).
All involved parties and organizations connected to your proposed project must complete the online project preapproval form.
In the case of a group application, only one representative from the group needs to complete the online application. However, all participants must each submit a resume and a one-page personal statement via the on-line application and have two letters of recommendation each written on their behalf.
Interviews and Selection
Competitive applicants will be invited to interview with the Bryn Mawr College selection committee in early February. Accommodations will be made for students studying off-campus.
The Bryn Mawr College Davis Projects for Peace selection committee selects one project for the fellowship and one alternate and sends their applications to the national office. The national office reviews the applications and confirms the award in mid-March. The national office also selects several additional projects to fund from among alternates submitted from all participating schools.
Travel Warnings and Embargoes
A funded project may not take place in a country on either the U.S. State Department "warning" or Treasury "embargo" lists (except when an embargo is specifically directed toward a narrow set of individuals or circumstances in a country.) Travel warnings can be accessed at: www.travel.state.gov.
This award is treated as a Fellowship. Please see the Payment Procedures page for more information.