Projects for Peace

Middlebury is pleased to be a participating member of Projects for Peace, a program that honors Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a noted philanthropist who was interested in finding new ways to advance world peace. Four years ago, Mrs. Davis chose to celebrate her centennial birthday by committing $1 million dollars to fund “100 Projects for Peace.” Undergraduate students at more than 90 college campuses across the United States, including Middlebury students, are eligible to design and submit proposals that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st century. The top submissions from the participating campuses, including at least one from Middlebury, will receive $10,000 in funding to initiate projects anywhere in the world during the summer of that year.

Each year, the selection committee presents two projects to the Davis foundation, one of which is guaranteed funding. There is the chance for an alternate project to be selected for funding, either through President Patton's discretionary fund or through the Davis foundation. Middlebury aligns with the belief that “the values that these projects represents touches on what are amongst the most important ones a liberal arts education can impart to its students—clear analytical thinking, excellent communications, self-confidence, creativity, and initiative.”

We invite passionate undergraduate students from all academic backgrounds to consider ways in which their unique experiences and perspectives might inspire a world peace project.

Proposals for the 2018-19 academic year are due via email (to on Friday, November 30th. Information sessions for the process will be held on Tuesday, September 25th, and Wednesday October 24th at 4:30 at the Innovation Hub, located at 118 South Main Street. 

If you have any questions email Alex Brockelman '18, at

For more information about applying, including the proposal guidelines, click here

For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

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