Davis Projects for Peace

$10,000 Grants for Undergraduate Students
U.Va. Deadline: January 8, 2016, 12 p.m. noon

Davis Recommendation Form

Information Sheet and Application Instructions

The Davis Projects for Peace program will award $100,000 in grants for Projects for Peace to be carried out in the summer. Grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to 100 projects from among the over 90 American colleges and universities currently affiliated with the Davis UWC Scholars Program.  Please visit www.davisprojectsforpeace.org for more information and examples of the 100 funded proposals from past years (including winning projects by University of Virginia students).

The University of Virginia will select one project (and one alternate) for submission to the Davis Projects for Peace program, which will in turn select the 100 winning project proposals from across the nation. Students whose proposals are selected will receive the $10,000 award in the spring.  They must complete the project during the summer and write a final report for the Davis Program by mid-September. 

Students must submit their project proposals electronically, emailed as one PDF attachment, to Edith Boateng-Conti (eob4x@virginia.edu) by the deadline.  Students may submit individual or group project proposals. Students should not propose projects that would take place in countries subject to travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html). 

A committee of U.Va. faculty will review all submitted proposals and decide which proposals to submit to the Davis Projects for Peace program.

Students with queries may direct them to the Andrus Ashoo (Andrus@virginia.edu) at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis Projects for Peace program is prohibited.
To Submit a Proposal

  1. A brief (250 words) response to the question: What issues related to risk, feasibility, and sustainability might challenge the potential success of your project, and how have you prepared to address these challenges?
  2. Provide a resume for each member of the team proposing the project (a single resume for an individual applicant).
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty member) for the proposal. A single applicant provides two letters of recommendation; a team also provides two letters of recommendation. We strongly suggest all team members meet with recommenders prior to submission of materials. Letters of recommendation should address the strength of the project proposal, not just the strength of a particular applicant. Download the recommendation form and e-mail it to your two references along with a description of your project and a description of the Davis award.  Ask them to submit their recommendations directly to Edith Boateng-Conti (eob4x@virginia.edu) by the deadline. 
  4. Per the Davis Projects for Peace application instructions (see: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/qa), 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). Important: All written project proposals require a heading to include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, dates of the project, country where the project will be performed.  Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. This statement will be submitted (along with the budget proposal) to the Davis Foundation by the U.Va. Davis Selection Committee, if the committee chooses your project as finalist or alternate.
  5.  Per Davis Projects for Peace application instructions, prepare a proposed budget (one page). Please note all other sources of funding applied for or received.
  6. If your project involves working collaboratively with a partner – an individual, community group, organization, or agency – provide a letter from your partner(s) in support of that collaboration.
  7.  If you are proposing an international project, complete the International Projects Travel Form.  Submit a copy by email with your application as well as to the International Studies Office by the internal Davis application deadline.  Please be sure to allow sufficient time to complete this part of your application.
  8. Submit the short-answer response, three-page proposal/budget document, and International Projects Travel Form electronically in a single PDF format along with résumé(s) and the names of two recommenders to Edith Conti (eob4x@virginia.edu) by the application deadline. 

Please note: Any procedural questions should be directed to the Center for Undergraduate Excellence only; communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is strictly prohibited by the Davis Projects for Peace program.

Previous U.Va. Projects

2014 - Emily Nemec, Lauren Baetsen, and Amanda Halacy, Zambia
2013 - Carolyn Pelnik and Lacey Williams, Tanzania
2012 - Amanda Below and Andrea Maddox
2011 - Robin Kendall and Sarah Munford, Brazil
2010 - Selam Asihel and Razan Osman, Egypt
2009 - Courtney Mallow and Evelyn Hall, Nicaragua
2008 - Eric Harshfield and Ana Jemec, South Africa