Date Action

September 2023

Nomination Announcement

A description of the nomination process and all application materials will be made available to contacts at current and former Projects for Peace institutional partners, which may invite alumni to participate at their discretion.

Note: Potential applicants contacting Projects for Peace or Middlebury directly will be redirected to their nominating institution.

December 2023

Submission Instructions

Institutions will receive instructions for submitting nominee materials to Middlebury via a submission form.

Nominations should not be submitted via e-mail.

February 12, 2024

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are due to Middlebury College by midnight, Eastern Time. Each institution may nominate no more than one applicant by submitting all required materials, including a letter of endorsement.

No direct-apply or “at large” applications will be accepted.

May 2024

Announcement of 2024 Alumni Award winner

The winner and their nominating institution will be notified, and a public announcement will be made.

To be determined

2024 Alumni Award Keynote address at Middlebury

Winner attends a multiday convening at Middlebury College, with an opportunity to discuss their work with the conflict transformation community at Middlebury.


Frequently Asked Questions


One award of up to $50,000 will be made per year for the duration of the Conflict Transformation Collaborative at Middlebury, which is funded at least through 2028.


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.

We hope to attract applications from a range of Projects for Peace alumni who have remained passionate about peacebuilding and/or conflict transformation. 

The selection committee will be looking primarily at the merit of the individual’s overall accomplishments and potential. In general, nominees likely have a cause or professional academic pursuit that they would support through the award. This interest area may or may not be related to the focus of their original Project for Peace.

It may be helpful to remember that this is an award, not a grant. The merit of any activities proposed for the award year is a secondary consideration for the selection committee. Unlike the Projects for Peace summer program, the award is not a grant intended to support a specific project, though winners are welcome to use the award funds for new or ongoing activities.


Yes! Individuals who were not selected as the winner of the Alumni Award are eligible to be re-nominated. We strongly recommend that they update their application materials to reflect their latest accomplishments and any changes in their approach, plans, etc, as well as addressing modified application requirements.


It is up to the institution and its nominating committee to decide if a particular Projects for Peace alum is a suitable nominee. The award application process is open to all individuals who have completed a Project for Peace – regardless of degree status – although individual institutions may decide to limit their nominees to degree holders if they like. Alternatively, nominating institutions may want to encourage an undergraduate to stay in touch and re-apply once they have more experience in their chosen field.


Each participating college or university may nominate just one person per year for the award, as the award will be given to an individual, not to a group. That said, the individual nominee is welcome to describe how the project team has continued to work together and/or how the activities of other project group members (or other collaborators) might benefit from the award. 

As pre-screeners, nominating institutions may accept and review applications from whoever is eligible. Therefore you could receive two separate applications from individuals involved in the same project, however, the institution can only nominate one individual.