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Davis Projects for Peace 2014


NYU is a Davis United World Scholars Program partner school, allowing all New York City-based NYU undergraduate students to apply for the Davis Projects for Peace funding grant.

Davis Projects for Peace proposals are submitted by students, and will be implemented in upcoming summer to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Applicants are encouraged to design projects that employ innovative techniques for engaging their target population, focusing on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers, and maintaining peace. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.


About Davis Projects For Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist. Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund these numerous $10,000 projects for peace. She believes that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.

What is a “Project for Peace”?

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

  • 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
  • Utilizing 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.


Davis funding per project is limited to $10,000. However, projects with larger budgets are welcome, and we encourage seeking out co-funding from other sources (such as other philanthropists, a college or university, foundation, NGO/PVO or students’ own fundraising).


Undergraduate students are eligible to submit proposals. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

More Information

Please visit the Davis Projects for Peace website for more information (please do not contact the Davis Projects for Peace organization directly).  Interested students can also e-mail or make an appointment to speak with an NYU Service team member in the Center for Student Activities, Leadership, and Service on the 7th floor of the NYU Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South.  


Applications for Davis Projects for Peace will be due early in the spring semester, and award recipients will receive notifications in mid-March.  Selected projects will be implemented the following summer.


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