Projects for Peace
No specific guidelines are offered for candidates, as such stipulations may limit imagination. The students must define a “project for peace” on their own terms. The project should encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including the U.S.
“A peaceful community is one in which all members feel respected and empowered, and conflict can be solved from a basis of mutual appreciation.
Peace is the idea that we can put aside our differences and contribute to something that truly defines the human experience, something universal.”
Perspectives from Projects for Peace Grantees
Undergraduate students at each 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. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals. (Participation in this initiative is limited to those schools now in the Davis UWC Scholars Program.)
Davis has committed $1 million to fund projects for peace. 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 funding).
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 page). Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. The proposal should be submitted electronically to the designated official at each campus as outlined below. Students with queries may direct them to their campus designated official as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.
Each involved campus has a designated official (the Davis UWC Scholar Program campus contact) 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).
The intention is to fund 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 additional proposal as an alternate that might be funded as well. Final decisions on all grants are made by the Davis UWC Scholars Program office. Grants are made upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer that the grant is awarded.
Timeline for the 2017 Projects for Peace application and selection process
Office Hours for Student Feedback on Proposals –Monday-Friday in the BCLS, Reitz Union Suite 2015 from 10:30am-12:00pm beginning November 7 and concluding December 9. There will be no drop in sessions on the following dates: November 15, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.
Final Proposals online submission to the Center for Leadership and Service - January 6, 2017, 12:00 PM
Presentations of Top Proposals to Committee - Week of January 23 to 27
Submissions of UF winning proposals to Davis Foundation - TBA
Winning national proposals announced by Davis Foundation – TBA
For each funded project, the responsible student(s) must prepare and submit a final report in September, submitted electronically to both the campus official and to the Davis UWC Scholars office. The final report is to be limited to two pages of narrative with an accounting of the funds expended and one page of digital photographs of the project. The narrative should include: a brief restatement of the project's purpose/plans, actual work completed, outcomes/achievements/ failures, and long-term prospects of the initiative. Reports will be posted on the program's website for all to see and learn from. A complete set of reports will be compiled for Davis and her family as a way of thanking her for her faith and investment in young and motivated peacemakers.
Below are some general guidelines:
- Students may have a member of the Brown Center for Leadership and Service staff provide feedback on preliminary draft during the period October 24 through November 3 during designated office hours (TBA).
- Students are also encouraged to seek feedback about their proposal from experienced professionals
- Any alternates selected will be finally agreed to in April.
- Projects are to be completed during the Summer session following reciept of the grant.
- Final reports are due to the Brown Center for Leadership and Service by mid-September (exact date TBA).