What are the "Projects for Peace"?
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2013 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.
Who is funding this and why?
Davis Projects for Peace is being funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist (who earned a B.A. from Wellesley, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva) who is now over 104 years old. She is the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program currently involving over 90 American colleges and universities. Mrs. Davis feels some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world and so is committing $1 million to fund these numerous $10,000 projects for peace. She believes that today's youth - tomorrow's leaders - ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.
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 focusing on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict. The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S.
Who is eligible to design a "project for peace"?
Undergraduate students at any of the Davis UWC Scholar schools (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible - so long as the president of their institution has signed and returned the grant agreement form. While the schools included are restricted to those in the Davis UWC Scholars Program, all undergraduates (not just Davis UWC Scholars at those schools) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals. Note: Because of ongoing special relationships, Mrs. Davis is once again accepting proposals from International Houses and Future Generations.
How does the funding for these projects work?
Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund Davis Projects for Peace in 2013. While Davis funding per project is limited to $10,000, projects with larger budgets are welcome as is co-funding from other sources (such as other philanthropists, a college or university, foundation, NGO/PVO or students' own fundraising). Note: Additional funding has been committed for projects submitted by International House.
How does a student (or group of students) make a proposal?
To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget (one separate page). Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to the designated official at Middlebury, Elizabeth Robinson, as outlined below. Students with queries may direct them to Elizabeth Robinson as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.
How are these proposals submitted and judged?
Each involved campus has a designated official to coordinate the process on each campus. This official, in ways s/he deems appropriate, will guide the internal campus procedures for: announcing and promoting the opportunity to students; organizing the selection committee to evaluate the proposals submitted; communicating results on a timely basis to the Davis UWC Scholars office; and distributing the awarded grant funds for the winning proposal(s) on campus. 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 grants be awarded?
The intention is to fund 100 projects, with at least one at each of the Davis UWC Scholar schools. Therefore, all involved schools are invited to select and submit one proposal for funding and one alternate proposal that might be funded as well. Final decisions on winning proposals are made by the Davis UWC Scholars Program office. Grants are made to Davis UWC Scholars Program partner schools upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer of 2013.
What is the timetable for proposals and decisions?
- During the fall of 2012: details of schools’ participation are finalized; promotion on campus by school officials; creation of selection processes and appointment of evaluation committees on campuses; and further communication, if necessary, between the Davis UWC Scholars office and school officials (communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited).
- All student proposals must be submitted to Elizabeth Robinson ’84, Director, Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, by emailing the project proposal to email@example.com by Friday, January 18, 2013.
- Recommended proposals must be determined and submitted (electronically as an attachment) by campus officials to Davis UWC Scholars office (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than February 13, 2013.
- Final decisions on all winning proposals rendered by Davis UWC Scholars office to campus officials by March 15, 2013.
- All project funding agreements signed by recipient schools AND student participants due March 31, 2013.
- Grant payments to the schools will be made shortly after all agreements have been received by the Davis UWC Scholars office.
- Any alternates selected will be finally agreed to in April 2013.
- Projects completed during summer of 2013.
- Final reports due to Davis UWC Scholars office by September 16, 2013
What is required for each project's final report?
Each funded project must submit a final report to the Davis UWC Scholars office by September 16, 2013. The final report is to be limited to two pages of narrative using the final report form for 2013 posted on the website. It also includes a separate one-page accounting of the funds expended. Students have the option of including up to 3 digital photos, attaching them to the end of their two-page final report. Final reports are submitted on disk to the Davis UWC office by the authorized campus contact. Reports will be posted on the program’s website for all to see and learn from
For More Information...
A website for Davis Projects for Peace can be found at the following address: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/about .
Questions on matters of clarification may be sent to email@example.com. Please type "Projects for Peace" in the subject line of your message. Project ideas and proposals may not be submitted in advance for review or pre-approval.