"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 2022. 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.

*** Final Proposals due December 13!

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. 

Take a look at Emma Spencer's project from summer 2021.  You may also 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 Zoë Jacobs Feinstein in the Center for Community Engagement at 413-542-2972 or zjacobs@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, 2022.

How To Apply

We strongly encourage applicants to submit a letter of intent to 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  support during the month of November. Students who do not write a letter of intent may still submit a final proposal.  All students submitting a proposal must meet with a CCE staff member in order for their application to be considered.

Letters of Intent (DUE DATE - November 15, 2021) 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

Final proposals DUE DECEMBER 13 BY 9 A.M. You may download the Summer Information Packet (with details on requirements for final proposals) at the bottom of this page. Other important dates and deadlines can be found here.

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