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 2018. Through a competition on more than 90 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.


Intentionally, no clear definition is offered so as not to limit the imagination. Students are charged with defining what a “project for peace” might be. The hope is to encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall program (all 100 projects) is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S.


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.

The Proposal

To be considered, a student (or group of students) must submit:

  • Trinity College Projects for Peace proposal Cover Sheet
  • A written statement which describes the project and notes expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages)
  • Project budget (one page)
  • Proposals must include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project
Applicants must have:
  • Thoughtfully conceived a project that is likely to succeed
  • Included a budget that is comprehensive and realistic
  • Established relationships with any partner organization(s)
  • Carefully thought out a plan for sharing lessons learned with the College community upon completion of the  project (this can take place any number of ways)

How to submit proposals:

  • Proposals are due no later than January 30, 2018
  • Electronic submissions can be sent to jane.switchenko@trincoll.edu or hard copies can be brought to The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS), 70 Vernon Street, c/o Jane Switchenko
Direct questions to Xiangming Chen or via phone at (860) 297-5170.   Communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited and will result in the proposal being disqualified.


A selection committee headed by Dean Xiangming Chen of the Center for Urban and Global Studies will use the established criteria in evaluating the proposals prior to submitting finalists to UWC. The review committee includes:

  • Xiangming Chen, Dean of Urban and Global Studies
  • Carol Darr, Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Carlos Espinosa, Director of Trinfo.Cafe


2018 Davis Foundation Projects for Peace Deadlines

  • 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, 2018 to Jane Switchenko, 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 Mrs. Davis’ family as a way of thanking them for Mrs. Davis’ faith and investment in young and motivated peacemakers.