Davis Projects for Peace FAQ

What do you mean by "projects for peace?"

Intentionally, no clear definition is offered so as not to limit the imagination. We leave it up to the students to define what a “project for peace” might be. We hope to encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, including in the U.S. (Please note: University policy does not permit students to travel to places on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning list.)

Who is eligible to design a "project for peace?"

All undergraduate students enrolled at Princeton (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals. You do not need to be a UWC Scholar to be eligible.

How does the funding for these projects work?

Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund Projects for Peace, with Davis funding limited to $10,000 per project. Given the substantial and generous amount of this funding, it is anticipated that project costs will be adequately covered to implement and complete your project during the summer. 

Please note: While Princeton University cannot give tax advice to students, applicants should understand that the $10,000 grant may be counted as taxable income in 2018 for winning students. Applicants should prepare their budgets accordingly.

How does a student (or group of students) make a proposal?

To be considered, a student (or group of students) must complete an online application, which includes preparing a written statement describing the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as an expected budget (one separate page).

Final proposals will reflect feedback from the review committee and should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project.

Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Pace Center to discuss their proposed projects, prior to submitting their applications with the Pace Center.

Contact Kira O'Brien to set up an appointment.

How are these proposals submitted and judged?

A campus committee will evaluate the preliminary applications and the final project proposals and will select finalists to submit to the Davis family. 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 for winning project(s) to Princeton to be distributed by the Pace Center to the student winners.

What is required for each project’s final report?

The responsible student(s) for each funded project must prepare and electronically submit a draft of their report to the Pace Center for review. The final report will be sent by the Pace Center to the Davis UWC Scholars OfficeThe final report should be limited to two pages of narrative using the final report form posted on the Davis Projects for Peace website. The final report will also include an additional one-page accounting of the funds expended. Students must submit at least three digital photos with their two-page final report. Reports will be posted on the Davis and Pace Center programs' website for all to see and learn from.