Projects for Peace

Projects for Peace 2

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 2019 Davis Projects for Peace, a student (or group of students) must first meet with Kira O’Brien (please sign up for her WASE office hours) 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). Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

A campus committee will evaluate applications, and after an in-person interview process will select finalists to submit to the Projects for Peace. 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.

Applications will open in October and will close at the end of November. Students are highly encouraged to meet with Kira early in order to receive feedback before submitting their application.  

2018-19 Timeline 

  • October 2018 – Application Opens
  • November 2018 – Application Closes
  • December 2018 – Application Review and Interviews
  • January 2019 – Princeton Finalists selected, Refine Project Proposals
  • February 2019 - Final Drafts Submitted to National Prize
  • March 2019 - Final Decisions Rendered and Announced to Host Universities
  • To learn more, visit the Projects for Peace website.

For deadlines and information on how to apply, visit our Application Information page.