Davis Projects for Peace

$10,000 Grants for Undergraduate Students
Deadline: January 23, 2015

Davis Recommendation Form

The Davis Projects for Peace program will award $10,000 in grants for Projects for Peace to be carried out in the summer of 2015. 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 2014 (including a winning project by a student team at the University of Virginia).

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 of 2015.  They must complete the project during the summer of 2015 and write a final report for the Davis Program by September 15, 2015. 

Students must submit their project proposals electronically to the U.Va. Center for Undergraduate Excellence (e-mailed as Word or PDF attachments to: undergraduate-excellence@virginia.edu) by 12:00 noon on January 23, 2015. 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.

To Submit a Proposal

1) Prepare a cover letter to the internal U.Va. Selection Committee that includes a description of relevant experience or qualifications for this project. This description may include research experiences, independent travel experience, applicable coursework, or other pertinent information.

2) Prepare a written statement describing the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages); this 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 University if your project is selected as the finalist or alternate.

3) Prepare a proposed project budget (one page).  Please note all other sources of funding applied for or received.

4) 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 January 23, 2015.  Please be sure to allow sufficient time to complete this part of your application.

5) Submit the cover letter, three-page proposal/budget document, and International Projects Travel Form electronically in Word or PDF format along with a résumé and the names of two references (including at least one faculty member) to undergraduate-excellence@virginia.edu, at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, by 12:00 noon on January 23, 2015. 

6)  Download the recommendation form and e-mail it to your two references along with a description of your project.  Ask them to submit their recommendations directly to undergraduate-excellence@virginia.edu by the deadline.  Recommendation forms are available for download here. 

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

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