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100 Projects for Peace

The Davis United World College program has announced another "100 Projects for Peace" competition. Each successful application will be funded at $10,000!

Undergraduates at approximately 90 colleges and universities, including Tufts, are being asked to design a "grassroots project for peace," and to submit the application to a local review committee. Each participating university will nominate its first choice, which, subject to confirmation at the national level, will receive full funding. The Tufts selection committee will also forward an alternate proposal that will compete for one of the remaining awards.

The proposals must be short: no more than two pages of narrative plus a one-page budget. They are due on Friday, January 22, 2016, at noon, and should be submitted electronically to pjs@tufts.edu. An individual may submit a project proposal, or they may come from a group. Projects may be conducted with or without a community partner, and they may be carried out in the United States or abroad. The project is to be carried out during the summer of 2016 with a final report due on September 16, 2016.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • a clear description (who, what, where, how) of the project;
  • an explanation of how the project contributes to peace;
  • an explanation and evidence of how the project meets a clearly specified need;
  • the qualifications and resources of the individual/group submitting the project;
  • a clear description of expected outcomes and means of self-assessment as the project proceeds.
  • Any project involving an outside party or organization(s) should attach a letter of commitment from that organization.
  • A justification for expenses. Please note that while Davis limits their funding to $10,000, projects with larger budgets are welcome, as is co-funding from other sources (other philanthropists, a college or university, foundations, NGOs, or students' own fundraising).

This can be challenging to do in two pages (in addition to a one page budget). To help with this, students may take advantage of the Proposal Development Committee, comprised of Dale Bryan, Assistant Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program, and Anne Moore, Program Specialist in Scholar Development. Students with queries may direct them to either Dale or Anne, as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.

A short Letter of Intent to submit a proposal is due, by email to pjs@tufts.edu, on Friday, January 8, 2016 by 5pm, EST (the week before classes begin). This letter is required of all proposals.
Guidelines for Applicant Letter of Intent and Letter of Commitment >

The first stage of the proposal review will be conducted anonymously. Proposals should be submitted with a cover sheet that will be detached from the three page proposals (plus supporting documents) before review.
Complete proposal guidelines and resource information >

The Davis Program and the Tufts committees “hope to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation." Additional information and resources will be available at the information sessions. A listing and the final reports of all of the successful projects can be found at www.davisprojectsforpeace.org. You are strongly encouraged to research those proposals and reports for ideas, insights and inspiration for your own proposal development.

This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a productive process and to use your education to further positive outcomes. It also fits the university's commitment to support active citizenship. We encourage you to develop and submit a Project for Peace proposal.

What constitutes a peace project?

For Tufts' 2015 winning project, download the Dexterity School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship proposal and read the Final Report.