Projects for Peace (students)

Campus Deadline: ​11:30 pm on January 13, 2022

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2022—anywhere in the world—that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.



Who is eligible?

  • All students at a Davis United World College Scholars Program partner school (including Wellesley)
  • Undergraduate students (including graduating seniors proposing projects for the summer after graduation)
  • Groups of students at Wellesley, as well as individuals

What makes a strong application for this fellowship?

  • The initiative, innovation, and creativity to create a unique project focused on maintaining peace and promoting conflict resolution. Projects should be building blocks for a sustainable peace.
  • Successful projects typically demonstrate understanding of the local context (that this the community where the project is proposed), engage the local community (collaborate with community partners), and aren’t too ambitious to be feasible (given the time and resources available, the skills and experience of the proposer of the project, and the collaboration of local community partners). The Muse offers helpful questions, here, that you might like to consider as you're developing a proposal.
  • 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 project each year, plus one alternate project, 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 make an appointment with Kate Dailinger, Program Director, Fellowships, through Handshake.  (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

☐ A two­ page written statement describing the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. Proposal should also include the name of the institution, names of all student participants, title of project, dates of the project, country where the project will be performed, and pre-­approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. (Tip: see the Projects for Peace FAQs for more about the kinds of projects sought.)

☐ Any correspondence that demonstrates pre-approval of involved parties or organizations in the local community (i.e. letters, emails, etc.)

☐ A one­ page budget outline. (Find the official budget template here.)

☐ a cv or resume

☐ an unofficial copy of your Wellesley transcript (the version you can access online is fine)

☐  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)

Application timeline

Summer and autumn before applying

  • Learn more about the Projects for Peace via their website.
  • Develop your proposal. What challenges might your project face and how might you plan to meet them?
  • From whom might you seek advice, in addition to the folks in the Fellowships office? Have you been working with the Civic Engagement team? Did you take a relevant class or do a relevant internship or do you know someone from the place where you’d like to carry out your project? If so, talk with  those folks: it’s never too early to cultivate relationships or get input on your ideas!

January 13, 2022 by 11:30 pm
Student project proposals and budgets should be submitted via this form (see the application checklist above).

Student proposals will be submitted electronically by their campus liaison to the Projects for Peace.

Final decisions rendered by the Projects for Peace and announced by e­mail to campus officials.

Last day for submission of Project Funding Agreements for school and all students due to the Projects for Peace office.

Any necessary alternate recipients are selected; grant funds are distributed to recipients.

Projects completed

Early September
Final reports are due to the Projects for Peace office.



Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.