"I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives — things that they can do…that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world."

—            Kathryn Wasserman Davis (February 2007) 

The 100 Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2017. The projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.

What Types of Projects are Eligible?

The program hopes to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation. Past projects have represented a broad range of disciplines and approaches, including:

  • Ameliorating conditions leading to violence/conflict
  • Fostering diplomacy or otherwise contributing 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, such as through art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity
  • Starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community. 

You may view the complete list of past projects on the Davis Foundation’s website

Please note that communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited, and will result in your proposal no longer being eligible for funding. Please direct all inquiries to Megan Lyster in the Center for Community Engagement at 413-542-2983 or mlyster@amherst.edu 

Who May Apply?

Any student who is currently enrolled and in good academic standing at Amherst College may apply for this program.

Graduating seniors are welcome to apply.

We welcome proposals from individual students and small groups (all group members must be currently enrolled at Amherst College).

Please note that all projects must be completed by September 1, 2017.

How To Apply

Letters of Intent (due November 15, 2016) should include the following:

  • Student name and contact information
  • Brief description of project idea and summary of motivating opportunity or need
  • Brief description of your personal and academic readiness to undertake the project – what has prepared you to do this project?
  • Name of at least one faculty reference

Submitting a letter of intent will help focus and refine your idea and proposal, as well as provide an opportunity to assess early on whether your project is a good fit for this program (and if not, allow for referrals to more appropriate sources of funding).

Applicants who submit a letter will be notified of opportunities for one-on-one coaching and proposal development workshops during the month of November. Students who do not write a letter of intent may still submit a final proposal.

Download the Projects for Peace information packet for final proposal requirements. Final proposals are due December 5, 2016. Other important dates and deadlines can be found here.

Letters of Intent and Final Proposals should be submitted as a PDF to Megan Lyster in the CCE via email (mlyster@amherst.edu), with the subject line “100 Projects for Peace.”