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Davis Projects for Peace

Care about peace? Want to do something meaningful next summer? Would $10,000 help you make that happen? Since 2007, Davis Projects for Peace has invited undergraduate students (including current seniors) to design grassroots projects that they will implement during summer break. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support motivated students to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace.

To read the "questions & answers" section, review successful proposals and learn more about this award, visit:

Watch a video about the Davis Projects for Peace featuring one the 2009 recipients, Kirsten Mandala, here: 

Davis Projects for Peace invites students to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2015 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among partiesThe aim is to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation. Applicants are encouraged to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining 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. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

The Application Process

Reed is proud to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace by nominating at least one student proposal to the Davis Foundation. For information about the application process, please visit the Reed Davis Projects for Peace Request for Proposals webpage.

ONLINE submission deadline: Monday, January 5, 2015 at Noon. 

If you have questions or need help with the process please contact SEEDS or the Center for Life Beyond Reed.

The McGill Lawrence Internship Award

Those students looking at the Davis Projects for Peace Award, may also want to consider the McGill Lawrence Internship Award, which is designed to offer Reed students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a summer internship in the public or non-profit sectors. McGill Lawrence grants $4,000 each to eight students for a minimum of eight weeks of full time engagement. 

The 2014 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

FGA Suleja Digital Academic Project by Emmanuel Enemchukwu ‘16 and Zhe Li ‘16

Emmanuel and Zhe define peace, with regards to the secondary school students, as the presence of social stability and an infrastructural platform for students to optimize their academic and growth potentials. Their project aims to provide supplementary academic resources through digital devices for a target-group of students. Ultimately, their goal is to promote peace by fostering learning and circumventing challenges, as an improved educational outcome will unquestionably lay the foundation for a stronger citizenry and a stable and peaceful governing body.

The 2013 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

A Peaceful Mind; A Brighter Future by Desmond Rgwaringesu '14
Desmond aims to establish a self-sustaining chicken farm at Gokomere High School in Zimbabwe which will generate funding for tuition, bicycles, meal plans and incentives for students who show remarkable academic improvement. This will help to narrow the academic achievement gap that currently exists between day scholars (usually first-generation students from poor rural backgrounds) and boarders (students from wealthier urban backgrounds). 

The 2012 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

Peace Through Health Care by Gabe Butterfield '12 and Michael Gonzales '12
The objective of this project is to provide critical and region-specific information regarding levels of antibiotic resistance to doctors at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua) in Managua. Locally sourced antibiotics will be tested to determine which drugs are effective versus counterfeit, thus allowing for more effective healthcare for children and adults.

The 2011 Davis Projects for Peace Award

In an effort to empower students and fight information-poverty, Suraj Pant '11 (Economics) established a computer lab at JanaKalyan Madhyamik Vidyalaya, the only high school in the remote Hungi Village Development Committee (VDC) in Western Nepal.

The 2010 Davis Projects for Peace Award

Erin Wilkus '10 built and maintained a language Resource Center in partnership with Tshulu Trust in a Venda community of South Africa. By overseeing construction of the center and dedicating two months' residency to developing a local support network, she hoped to provide the Venda community of HaMakuya with the tools needed to learn English, an invaluable skill which will open doors to education, employment, and socioeconomic mobility. Read more about Erin's experience on the Rosetta Stone blog.

The 2009 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

In 2009, the Davis Projects for Peace initiative awarded Reed students Kirsten Mandala and Skye Macdonald $10,000 to teach peaceful conflict resolution to traumatized orphans in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Read Kirsten's moving account about their preparations and experience in Rawanda.