Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Program

Williams College has been invited to nominate one or two student proposals for a $10,000 grant for summer

Davis Projects for Peaceprojects that “…promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.” One hundred such grants will be awarded nationwide.

The Davis Projects for Peace program was established in 2006 by the late philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis. In celebration of her 100th birthday she decided to fund projects that would foster peace in the world. Her “Projects for Peace” program is designed to “…encourage student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation.” In the past, successful approaches have included “…fostering diplomacy or otherwise contribut[ing] 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…through arts, sports, music…to promote a common humanity;… [and] starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations …or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community.”

The video below provides insight into a project undertaken by one of the 2014 grant recipients, Hamza Farukh ’15.


Any student (including current seniors) is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals must be submitted to: [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

To apply, students must submit: a 1-page resume; a faculty letter of recommendation; and a two-page project description and budget that follows the guidelines at http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/.  Students are encouraged to contact Anne Valk before applying for assistance in writing a strong proposal.

All proposals will be reviewed by a faculty/staff committee, which may request revisions and/or clarifications. The proposal(s) that Williams selects will be submitted to the Davis family in February; awards will be announced in March. All project activities must take place over 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2018.

More information about the Davis Projects for Peace program, including FAQs, proposal guidelines, and the proposals and reports from previously funded projects, can be found at http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/