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Davis Projects for Peace

Congratulations to Columbia University Engineers Without Borders-Ghana, Columbia's 2019 Davis Project for Peace winner!

The Davis Project for Peace application is now open! The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The Davis Projects for Peace is an undergraduate $10,000 grant designed to help students implement their own grassroots project to take place during the summer months. Individual students or groups of students from Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of General Studies are invited to submit innovative and engaging proposals for projects that improve communities.

It is intentional that no clear definition is given for "projects for peace." Applicants are encouraged to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding, breaking down barriers which cause conflict and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.

For full program information, and to read about past projects, visit the Davis Projects for Peace website. Students should read through the site and become familiar with the program and application guidelines in advance of submitting a proposal.

Proposal and Project Process

Students submit a proposal to Student Engagement at the start of the Spring semester. 

A committee of administrators in Undergraduate Student Life and School of General Studies review the proposals. Using the work and recommendation of the committee, Student Engagement selects a winner and alternate from submissions. The winning proposal is then sent to The Davis Projects for Peace Foundation to be reviewed. The foundation makes a determination as to whether it can support Columbia's submission and announces its winner in mid-March.  

In the event a selected proposal cannot follow through on its project, Student Engagement can decide to submit an alternate proposal to the Foundation for review. The foundation then makes a determination as to whether it can support the alternate proposal. 

The project is run in consultation with the Davis Projects for Peace committee throughout the Spring semester and summer. The student leader meets with a Student Engagement administrator in early September to debrief the project. The student leader concludes their work by submitting a final report to Student Engagement, who then submits it to Davis.  

Important Dates and Deadlines

Proposal Deadline

The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Proposal Review

The Davis Projects for Peace at Columbia committee will conduct interviews with applicants Wednesday December 7,2021 - Friday December 9, 2021

Proposal review will take place Monday, December 10, 2021 - Wednesday December 15, 2021

Proposal Winner

The Columbia proposal winner will be announced on Monday, January 10,2021. The Davis Project for Peace will announce their winner shortly thereafter. 

Proposal Advice

Proposals will be evaluated based in the Alternative Break Program criteria for proposals. In general, your project idea should be a "solution-based," virtual program that demonstrates that you are applying the tenants of a "Practice of Civic Engagement" and articulate a mission, set of goals and outcomes for your project. 

We recommend that those who wish to submit a proposal meet with Simone Medley to discuss ideas and proposal plans, to ask questions or schedule an appointment to meet with her.

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative funded by Kathryn W. Davis foundation. Note that student direct contact with the Davis is PROHIBITED. Please email Columbia's Davis Projects For Peace office with questions.

Student Engagement


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