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Projects for Peace was created in 2007 through the generosity of Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist who died in 2013 at 106 years of age.  She is the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis United World College Scholars Program currently involving over 90 American colleges and universities.  Mrs. Davis’ legacy will live on through the continuation of Projects for Peace in order to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world.  The Davis family and friends believe, like Mrs. Davis did, that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.

Projects for Peace hope to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation.


Some of the most compelling projects to date have reflected one or more of the following characteristics:

  • contributing to conflict prevention
  • ameliorating conditions leading to violence/conflict
  • looking for and building on shared attributes among differing peoples, races, ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.
  • fostering diplomacy or otherwise contribute to advancing peace processes underway
  • promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in post-conflict areas
  • finding creative ways to bring people on opposite sides of issues together, such as through art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity
  • developing leadership and mediation skills training for those in conflict or post-conflict societies
  • starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community.

In general, projects should be building blocks for a sustainable peace. The overall program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the U.S.


Undergraduate students (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) at Case Western Reserve University are eligible. Groups of students, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

Application Procedure

  1. CWRU can only nominate one project and one alternate project each year so there is an on-campus preliminary screening. Interested applicants must complete the Intent to Apply by Dec. 1, 2017.
  2. Following submission of the Intent to Apply, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages), as well as a budget. IMPORTANT: All written project proposals require a heading that includes the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, dates of the projects, and country where the project will be performed. Proposals should include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project.
  3. The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to Sara Spiegler at by Jan. 15, 2018. NOTE: Students with questions can contact the campus officials listed below as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.
  4. Present your project to the campus selection committee. A date/time will be identified based on the applicant’s class schedule and committee availability.
  5. The campus selection committee will submit its nominee and alternate to the Davis UWC Scholar. Each funded project must submit a final report to the Davis UWC Scholars Program office.
Application Timeline
Intent to apply deadline Dec. 1, 2017
Campus deadline Jan. 15, 2018
Campus interviews Jan. 22-26, 2018
Candidate notification Jan. 26, 2018
Student deadline Feb. 9, 2018 (early February)
CWRU selection committee will submit nominee and alternate Feb. 12, 2018 (mid February)
Final decision from Davis UWC Scholar announced March 12, 2018
Grant funds are distributed April 2018
Projects are completed Summer 2018
Final project reports due to Davis UWC Scholar Program Sept. 14, 2018

Value of the Award

Davis philanthropy has committed $1 million to fund Projects for Peace in 2017. While Davis funding per project is limited to $10,000, projects with larger budgets are welcome. Co-funding from other sources, such as other philanthropists, a college or university, foundation, NGO/PVO or students’ own fundraising, is encouraged.


Sara Spiegler
Center for International Affairs
Amanda McCarthy
Undergraduate Studies

Past Winners


Cameron Macaskill
Class of 2017
International Studies
Political Science

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