The 2024 Projects for Peace application materials are now available!

  • Do you have a big idea? 
  • Want to build upon a theme, project, research or experience you've had? 
  • Interested in a solo or group project to implement this summer?

The Projects for Peace initiative provides Princeton undergraduates with a $10,000 award to implement an innovative service project anywhere in the world- or right in their own backyard!

Projects for Peace is an initiative inspired by the late Kathryn W. Davis, an accomplished internationalist, and philanthropist. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace. "I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives—things that they can do during the summer of 2007—that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world."  

To be considered for 2023 Projects for Peace, a student (or group of students) must first meet with Matt Lynn to discuss their project idea. Students must then complete an online application which includes preparing a written statement describing the project (who, what, where, how) as well as expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages). Applicants must also submit a budget (one separate page). 

The application deadline is midnight, January 8, 2024 visit our Application Process page. 

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Matt Lynn
Assistant Director, Engaged Pedagogy


Allyship Through Service and Mutual Aid

Gain the skills, knowledge and tools to be able to practice and model forms of allyship and take part in mutual aid networks.

Be In the Service of Humanity

When we examine how our values intersect, we gain insight into how we can use commonalities or differences to deepen our service and civic engagement and move forward. 

Community Assessment

Taking time to understand the issue your plan to work on and how it manifests in real time for the community is crucial to developing a successful, meaningful, and sustainable effort.

Effective Communication

Effective communication can help you build a strong rapport with others and generate support for your work while starting a dialogue about this issues you are passionate about.

Engage at Home

Learn about mutual aid networks, how to plug into community needs in your town, and where to find virtual volunteer opportunities.

Entering the Community

Being welcomed into a community is an act of trust; one we should honor and respect. The people and communities we work with don't need a savior, they need an ally.