Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2019. Through a competition on more than 90 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.


Davis Projects for Peace was funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist (who earned a B.A. from Wellesley, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva) who passed away at the age of 106. She was the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis United World College Scholars Program currently involving over more than 90 American colleges and universities. Mrs. Davis felt some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world and so committed $1million to fund one hundred $10,000 projects for peace. She believed that today's youth— tomorrow's leaders— ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.



Undergraduate students at invited schools (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

How to submit proposals

Click here for the 2020 application.

  • Proposals are due no later than January 31, 2019
  • Electronic submissions can be sent to Gabby Nelson at gabriell.nelson@trincoll.edu or hard copies can be brought to Gabby's office at The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS), 70 Vernon Street, Room 201A
Direct questions to Gabby Nelson, gabriell.nelson@trincoll.edu.   Communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited and will result in the proposal being disqualified.

More information can be found on the Davis Projects for Peace website.


  • One proposal for funding and one or two additional proposals as alternates that might be funded will be submitted to United World College by the selection committee.
  • Final review and approval of all recommended proposals from individual campuses rests solely with the office of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, which will then forward the appropriate grant funds to the winning colleges with notification of the winning project(s).
  • Grants are made upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer in the year in which the grant has been provided.

Final Report

 For each funded project, the responsible student(s) must prepare and electronically submit a final report by September 14, 2019 to the Center for Urban and Global Studies, which will then be forwarded 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. A complete set of reports will be compiled for the Davis family as a way of thanking them for Mrs. Davis's faith and investment in young and motivated peacemakers.