Davis Projects for Peace

4/26/13 - Carleton mourns the loss of Kathryn Wasserman Davis.  Her obituary offers a glimpse into the life of this amazing woman.


The Davis Projects for Peace award is a $10,000 prize to students for projects that promote peace anywhere in the world, including the U.S., during the summer of 2016.

The Davis Projects for Peace (originally known as “100 Projects for Peace”) award is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools. The program funds students to design and implement their own grassroots “projects for peace” anywhere in the world during the summer of 2015. Through a competition on 85 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

Question and Answer:

Who is funding this and why?

What do you mean by “projects for peace,” and who is eligible to apply?

How does the funding for these projects work?

How are these proposals submitted and judged?

At Carleton, Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, coordinates the application and selection processes.  Click here for an idea of the criteria by which applications are judged at Carleton.  However, final review and approval of all recommended proposals from individual campuses rests solely with the office of the Davis UWC Scholars Program which will then forward the appropriate grant funds to each school with winning project(s).

How will the 100 grants be awarded?

The intention is to fund 100 projects, with at least one project at each of the 85 Davis UWC Scholar schools. Therefore, all involved schools are invited to select and submit one proposal for funding as well as one additional alternate proposal that might be funded as well. Grants are made upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer of 2015.  Awardees must submit final reports – with photographs – to the Davis UWC Scholars office in fall 2016.

To Submit a Proposal:

To be considered, students must:

* Prepare a written statement--not to exceed two pages, single spaced--which describes the project (who, what, where, how), specifies the expected outcomes and prospects for future effects of the project, and (if necessary) includes pre-approvals of all parties and organizations involved in the project (for instance, a hosting non-profit or NGO).

* Develop a one-page budget that includes all significant costs, such as airfare, lodging, food, and materials.

* Submit the proposal as a PDF or Word document to fellowships@carleton.edu (please indicate "Davis" in the subject line), by 5pm on Monday, January 18, 2016.

* Note: While recommendations from faculty are not required, working with a faculty member who knows you and knows something about the area of the world you are hoping to work in or the project you are hoping to accomplish is always a good idea. If you do consult with a faculty member, please ask them to send a brief email (subject line "Davis") endorsing you and/or your Davis project to fellowships@carleton.edu by the deadline.

Carleton’s Internal Deadline:  5 PM on Monday, January 18, 2016

One or more projects will be selected and Carleton will submit its selections to the Davis UWC Scholars office by February 12, 2016. 

Davis will announce final decisions by March 14, 2016.

For More Information:

Questions can be directed to Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Christopher Tassava x5833.  Christopher will be happy to meet with you individually to answer questions or hear about possible proposals; call him for an appointment at x5833.

** Communication between students and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.

See Davis Projects for Peace official website

2015 Prize Recipient:  "Combating War with Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities for Syrian Youth," by Bailey Ulbricht '15

2014 Prize Recipient: "Connected!PeerToPeer" by  Yawen Chen '15

2013 Prize Recipient: "Urban Agriculture Project" by Sara Hooker '13

2012 Prize Recipient:  "Kalamkari Kalai (fabric arts)" by Meera Sury '14

2011 Prize Recipients: "Volunteer for Lahore" by Jonathan "Yoni" Blomberg '13 and Sana Rafiq '13

2010 Prize Recipient:  "Community Development in Burma through Photography and Youth Education" by Khant Khant Kyaw '11.

2009 Prize Recipient: "Project SHAKTI" by Lipi Gupta '10. Lipi set up programs designed to empower young girls and to encourage them to stay in school in the village of Nagla Kharga, India.

2008 Prize Recipients: “Talking With Our Hands: Personal Expression Through Puppetry Arts” by Emily Litwin ‘09 and Melissa Mayer ‘09

2007 Prize Recipients: “The Napkin Project" by Michael McCulloch '07 and Nazish Zafar '07


A Peace of My Mind.....

What is your perception of Peace?  How do other people perceive peace?

In early 2009, photographer John Noltner began interviewing people about their thoughts on peace.  The interviews were recorded digitally and combined with a B&W portrait. And the website A Peace of My Mind was born "out of one person’s belief that if a single voice can make a small difference, then together we can make a tremendous impact."

"Peace is not about everyone believing the same thing, and it’s not about everyone doing the same thing.  It’s about making room for different ideas.  It’s that simple.  So explore the site and hear what others have to say.  Spend some time considering peace and see what it does for your mind, your heart and your life."                                     

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