Davis Projects for Peace
Undergraduate students at Georgetown design their own grassroots projects anywhere in the world to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Applicants are encouraged to use their creativity to design projects that employ innovative techniques for engaging participants in ways that focus on conflict transformation, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict. The goal of the projects should focus on transforming conflict and sustaining peace.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Individuals or up to 2 students can apply together as a group.
The Davis 100 Projects for Peace are made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace. As a Davis United World College Scholars Program partner school, Georgetown University through CSJ awards one student or a team of students $10,000 to implement a grassroots project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read about the Davis Projects for Peace in order to understand the challenge that Kathryn Wasserman Davis envisioned when she created this initiative.
Questions about the process or the award application can be emailed to Amanda Munroe, Assistant Director of Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application should include the following pieces. When it is completed you may upload it through the Google qpplication form in a single PDF or Word document. Formatting instructions are included in a downloadable application template here.
The template includes a:
Project cover letter
- This should include the goals and plans for the project (who, what, where, how), expected outcomes of the project, and prospects for future impact or sustainability. It should also explain why YOU want to do THIS project.
Reference letter from partner organizations
- The letter should detail how you and the partner organization were connected, why the project is relevant to their work on the ground, and what the host will contribute to the project - esp. how they will support you if you are traveling to work with them.
- Each line item should include a short descriptive narrative to describe the expense and how you have estimated the cost. If the budget exceeds $10,000, you must include information about other funding resources that you will use to supplement the fellowship.
- Example budget template
Answer the questions in the Google form and upload the application here.
Applications are due in fall semester 2018.
What does peace mean and look like?
“The word “peace” evokes complex, sometimes contradictory, interpretations and reactions. For some, peace means the absence of conflict. For others it means the end of violence or the formal cessation of hostilities; for still others, the return to resolving conflict by political means. Some define peace as the attainment of justice and social stability; for others it is economic well-being and basic freedom. Peacemaking can be a dynamic process of ending conflict through negotiation or mediation. Peace is often unstable, as sources of conflict are seldom completely resolved or eliminated. Since conflict is inherent in the human condition, the striving for peace is particularly strong in times of violent conflict. That said, a willingness to accommodate perpetrators of violence without resolving the sources of conflict—sometimes called “peace at any price”—may lead to greater conflict later.”
“Peace Terms A Glossary of Terms for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding,” United States Institute of Peace, Editor, Dan Snodderly, 2011.
Check out a glossary of more terms.
Additional resources we recommend you consult on conflict and peace are:
- Professors at the intersection of conflict and their field.
- LAU resource guide to justice, peace, and conflict.
When should I start getting my materials together/ what does timeline look like?
Use the Fall semester to contact organizations, learn, conceptualize your project and work on the project proposal. The CSJ recommends requesting a letter from comm partner 2-3 weeks prior to turning in the application. Before writing to the organization, have a general sense of what you want to do in relationship with that partner.
The CSJ is happy to answer any questions regarding connecting with peacebuilding organizations.
What do past organizations look like?
- Community-based work should take place in/with a community-based organization (CBO). A CBO is defined as a: government agency, non-profit organization, non-governmental organization or school that has, in part, a social justice mission.
- Community-based work should meet both the needs of the CBO and the learning outcome goals of the grant.
- Community-based work should be in direct service, policy analysis, research, and/or advocacy work.
- Community-based work should engage the student with individuals or communities of need and with issues related to social justice, community development and/or access to basic human needs and resources.
The organizations you choose to work with should be:
- Locally directed and/or has strong ties to the local community
- Demonstrable commitment to community where you will be working
- A mission and vision statement related to peacebuilding
- Able to host you and your project
Some examples are:
- Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
- DC Peace Team
- The Peres Center for Peace
- Jesuit Refugee Service
How many students can apply?
It is recommended that 1 person per project proposal apply, however, a group of 2 or 3 students can apply per project proposal.
From 37th to 37th: Peace, Love, and Storytelling in a Washington, DC Neighborhood
Ali Forger & Laura Dickinson (COL'18) - Summer 2017
Ali Forger and Laura Dickinson are seniors in the College graduating in May 2018 - Ali with degrees in Justice and Peace Studies and English and Laura with a degree in Biology of Global Health. As the 2017 awardees, Ali and Laura worked with youth leaders to develop a community-based, summer-long arts program culminating in an event to showcase the talents and passions of young men and women from the community of 37th Street SE in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, they have worked as coordinators for the Center for Social Justice After School Kids (ASK) Program, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to court-involved youth. Ali will join Teach for America in New Orleans, where she will serve as a special education teacher for grades 6-12.
Hamaari Kahaani, Our Story (India)
Devika Ranjan (SFS'17) - Summer 2016
Devika graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 2017 with a degree in Culture and Politics and a minor in Arabic. As the Davis Projects for Peace awardee, Devika created an interactive theatre workshop with women on the India-Pakistan border. After graduation, Devika received the Marshall Scholarship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to continue this work. She studies Sociology at the University of Cambridge and she focuses on the stories of asylum-seekers who have been electronically tagged. Next year, she will move to London to pursue a degree in theatre-making, in which she will continue to tell stories about migration and identity.
The Orenda Project (Pakistan)
Ahwaz Akhtar & Haroon Yasin (SFS-Q'16) - Summer 2015
Ahwaz Akhtar and Haroon Yasin graduated from the School of Foreign Service in Qatar in 2016, and have continued to work on the Orenda Project, their Davis project. Orenda has grown to serve 2,900 children in Pakistan, providing them with quality education that imparts numeracy and literacy skills. In Pakistan, Ahwaz has also worked with MIT’s Poverty Action Lab in expanding immunization access to children in underserved areas. Ahwaz hopes to embark on graduate studies soon, in the fields of health and education. Due to his work with Orenda, Haroon was selected as an Acumen Fellow for Pakistan in 2017 and received the Queen's Young Leader Award in 2018. Haroon hopes to focus on creating scalable digital learning solutions and transforming Orenda into a sustainable social enterprise.
A Breath of Fresh Air (Rwanda)
Phil Wong (SFS'15) & Philip Dearing (COL'15) - Summer 2014
Phil Wong graduated from the School of Foreign Service with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA). As a student, Phil co-founded Misfit Juicery, a food company that aims to fight food waste by creating delicious products from supply chain inefficiencies. Phil continues to build Misfit with his co-founder, Ann Yang (F’16). Philip graduated magna cum laude from the College with a degree in Political Economy and Arabic. After graduation, he worked at Bridgespan, a nonprofit consulting firm, and now serves as the Chief of Staff of College Bound Dorchester, a Boston community-based nonprofit. As Davis Project for Peace awardees, Phil and Philip worked with the Rwandan Government and SNV to increase the availability and durability of clean cookstove technology in Rwamagana, Rwanda.
Environmental Education in Kenya
Kaite & Maggie Ferrato (COL'14) - Summer 2013
Maggie and Katie graduated from the College - Maggie with a degree in History and minors in Environmental Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and Katie with a degree in Government and Certificate in Arab Studies. Maggie serves as an Associate Legislative Assistant in the Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, where she is responsible for advancing the Senator’s environment, energy, and agriculture policy priorities. Katie is a paralegal at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. As Davis awardees, Maggie and Katie worked in partnership with the Jesuit Hakimani Center to design and host a environmental peacebuilding workshop that explored the nexus of environmental health and human prosperity and carry out two community improvement projects at a local parish and school, Summer 2013 which included tree planting and the installation of a water pump.
Women LEAD (Nepal)
Claire Naylor, Meredith Jacobs & Claire Charamnag - Summer 2011
Claire Naylor graduated from the School of Foreign Service with a degree in Culture and Politics and a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies in 2012. Claire serves as the Executive Director of Women LEAD Nepal and received the Peace X Peace's Generation Peace Award and the UN Global Education Initiative's Youth Courage Award for her work. WLEAD is the first leadership and professional development organization for young women in Nepal. Upon graduating, she returned to Kathmandu to turn the program into a full-fledged nonprofit, WLEAD, with the vision of a better world where women leaders co-create the future. From a group of just 28 girls in 2010, Claire has now equipped almost 2,500 young women with the skills, support, and opportunities needed to become leaders and change-makers. In 2016, Women LEAD's girl-centered and girl-led approach was recognized by the With and For Girls Award.
Stinky Peace Project (Tajikistan)
David Lee (COL'11) - Summer 2010
David is a graduate of the College, Class of 2011, where he studied Government and Political Theory. He earned a Maters in International Policy from Stanford University in 2016. As the Davis awardee in 2010 in Tajikstan. He is the founder and former Executive Director (2008-2015) of The Stinky Peace ProjectTM. The project converts organic waste into usable cooking and heating fuel in the form of biomass briquettes in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously, David was a Special Advisor to the Ministry of Energy of Thailand, developing their biomass energy portfolio in Northern Thailand. David is on the Board of To Educate All Children, and is a member of The Philanthropy Workshop.
One World Africa Youth Summit
Jess Rimington (SFS'09) - Summer 2007
Jess Rimington graduated from School of Foreign Service in 2009. She continues her career as an activist, strategist, and entrepreneur working to eradicate inequity that dehumanizes people. Jess currently works in leadership and support roles in pursuit of more just economic and political systems. She serves as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University within the Global Projects Center, where she works to investigate best practices in co-creative innovation and is writing a forthcoming book exploring this body of research. Jess writes: "I've recently thought back to my Projects for Peace work in doing my work at Stanford as there were some learnings and early ideas and questions I had in 2007 that I'm still grappling with and considering today in my research. Amazing how such early experiences can be so impacting."