The Projects for Peace Alumni Award seeks to recognize individuals who have demonstrated innovation and commitment in building peace and transforming conflict throughout their career.

The award is intended to celebrate and enhance the achievements of past Projects for Peace grantees.

The $50,000 annual award is made possible through the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation at Middlebury.

Read the 2024 Award Announcement
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Applicants must be nominated by the educational institution which supported their Project for Peace. No direct-apply or “at-large” applications will be accepted.

Applicants must have implemented a Project for Peace any time in the history of the program. The applicant’s name must appear on the approved final report submitted at the conclusion of their Projects for Peace grant. 

Each eligible partner institution may nominate one candidate for consideration.

Educational institutions nominating applicants need not be current Projects for Peace partners, but must have been a partner institution in the past.

Educational institutions are not obliged to make a nomination nor accept applications.

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Middlebury College will review all nominated applications and select the awardee.

We are seeking an individual who has demonstrated the potential to make sustained  contributions to the field and who has charted a clear path forward. We anticipate that nominees will collectively represent a range of disciplines and approaches to peacebuilding. Selection criteria may include:

  • Evidence of enduring commitment to the pursuit of peacebuilding.  Applicants need not be currently working on the same issues, or using the same approaches, as their original Project for Peace.
  • Evidence of innovation and creativity in approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Commitment to community engagement as well as public sharing of actions and impact.
  • Demonstration of how conflict transformation does integrate, or could integrate, with their peacebuilding approach.
  • Evidence of productive engagements with conflicts that may underlie targeted issues. Conflict transformation moves from destructive “us versus them” dynamics to patterns of constructive engagement, understanding and problem-solving.
  • Evidence of critical reflection on progress to date, and consideration of how their work could be expanded and/or revised.
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Guidance is provided to all current or former educational institutions, upon request. Interested Projects for Peace alumni should contact the college or university that supported their Project for Peace. 

An award timetable and FAQ is provided here.

Questions may be directed to