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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 23, 2015, 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 2015 with a final report due on September 14, 2015.

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.

The first information/advisory session will take place Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 12:00-1:00pm, in East Hall Lounge. A second session will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4:00-5:00pm, in Dowling 745A. Attendance at one of these sessions is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. A short Letter of Intent to submit a proposal is due, by email to pjs@tufts.edu, on Friday, January 9, 2015 by 5:00pm, 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 are deliberately taking a broad approach to the meaning of peace. 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' winning project, download the Solar Route proposal, and read the Final Report.