Projects for Peace Alumni Award (graduates)

Campus Deadline: ​11:30 pm on January 18, 2023

The Projects for Peace Alumni Award seeks to recognize individuals who demonstrate innovation and persistence in building peace and transforming conflict.
Projects for Peace is a global program that partners with educational institutions to identify and support young peacebuilders and changemakers. The program encourages young adults to develop innovative, community-centered, and  scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. Along the way, these student leaders increase their knowledge, improve skills, and begin to see themselves as agents of change. Since 2007, Projects for Peace has worked with approximately 115 colleges and universities to support almost 2000 projects.
Each year, the Projects for Peace Alumni Award will award up to $50,000 to support the continuing peacebuilding efforts of past Projects for Peace grantees. The Award is made possible through the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation at Middlebury.
Award benefits:
  • Winners receive up to $50,000.
  • Winners will attend a multiday Conflict Transformation retreat at Middlebury College, with an opportunity to discuss their work with the Conflict Transformation community at Middlebury.
  • The Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation at Middlebury expects to fund at least one award each year through 2028.


Who is eligible?

  • Applicants must have implemented a Project for Peace any time in the history of the program. The applicant’s name must appear on the approved final report submitted at the conclusion of their Projects for Peace grant.
  • Applicants must be nominated by the educational institution which supported their Project for Peace (i.e., Wellesley College). No direct-apply or “at-large” applications will be accepted.

What makes a strong application for this fellowship?

  • Evidence of persistence in pursuing peacebuilding activities. (Applicants need not be currently working on the same issues, or using the same approaches, as their original Project for Peace.)
  • Evidence of innovation and creativity in approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Demonstration of how conflict transformation integrates, or could integrate, with their peacebuilding approach.
  • Evidence of productive engagement with the conflicts that may underlie targeted issues. For example, transforming binary conflicts to patterns of understanding and problem-solving.
  • Commitment to community-engagement as well as public sharing of actions and impact,
  • Evidence of critical reflection on progress to date, and consideration of how their work could be expanded and/or revised.
  • Regardless of their citizenship, applicants must adhere to Wellesley's travel policy for students and graduates. (Questions may be referred to
  • Read more about the Projects for Peace on their website.

How do I apply?

  • All Wellesley College candidates for the Projects for Peace program must undergo the Wellesley College campus review and nomination process. Wellesley may nominate one candidate each year to go forward to the national competition.  
  • Regardless of their citizenship, applicants must adhere to Wellesley's travel policy for students and graduates. (Questions may be referred to We're glad to talk over any concerns you may have.)
  • See the application checklist and timeline for details of application materials.
  • Interested applicants are warmly encouraged to book a Fellowships advising appointment through Handshake, to talk with a member of the Fellowships team.  (Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required; see our Events listings for details.)
Application checklist
Please submit these materials via this form:

☐ Completed application document (found here).  Download and fill out this document as indicated. Please be sure to maintain the integrity of this document’s formatting (1” margins, 10 pt Arial font, Word doc), as this formatting is a requirement of the Projects for Peace.
☐ Completed numerical budget as an Excel sheet.
☐ Resume/CV as a PDF.
☐ Original Projects for Peace Proposal and Final Report. (These may be downloaded from the Projects for Peace website.)
☐ Candidate Release & Signature as a PDF. (Download as a Word document, fill out, sign, and save as a PDF for uploading.)
☐  Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials)
☐  Please also request that 2 people write letters of reference: both of them should be willing and able to speak to your peacebuilding efforts. For example, they may be project collaborators, course instructors, workplace supervisors, etc. Please give your recommenders this link to support their letters; should they encounter any difficulty, they may email letters to

Application timeline

November, 2022 

Application information shared with partner institutions.
January 18, 2023 by 11:30 pm EST
Applications should be submitted via this form to apply for Wellesley’s nomination.  Wellesley may nominate no more than one applicant.
February, 2023 
Nominated applications will be reviewed, and finalists selected.
March, 2023 
Finalists will be interviewed, and may be asked to submit additional information.
April, 2023 
Winner notified.
June 12-16, 2023 (Tentative dates)
Winner(s) attends a multiday Conflict Transformation retreat in June 2023 at Middlebury College, with an opportunity to discuss their work with the Conflict Transformation community at Middlebury.


Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.