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Projects for Peace Award


Application opens: Friday, September 29, 2023
Initial campus deadline (full application due): Sunday, January 7, 2024
Invitations for interviews sent: Friday, January 12, 2024
Campus interviews: TBD (Thursday or Friday, January 18 or 19, 2024)
Final campus deadline (all materials due): Wednesday, January 31, 2024
National deadline:
 Monday, February 5, 2024
NOTE: Campus nomination process

Eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduates (including seniors who would complete their projects in the summer after graduation)
  • Individuals or groups
  • Dedicated interest in conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation

Award summary and conditions: Projects for Peace is an initiative for students at Davis UWC partner schools, including Whitman, to design grassroots projects for the summer - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. The program encourages applicants 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 the barriers that cause conflict. Projects that work to maintain peace will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.  

Application process: Refer to the Project Cycle management tool for guidance in creating a thoughtful, meaningful project.  Submit full applications by email to Whitman's Fellowships and Grants team by the initial internal deadline (send all materials to Jenny Stratton, Administrative Assistant for Fellowships and Grants, at strattjm@whitman.edu). Final applications of the nominee and alternate will be forwarded electronically by the campus representative to the Projects for Peace Headquarters at Middlebury College.

Application requirements:

  • Written statement (two pages max, single spaced) that describes the project (who, what, when, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact 
  • Statements of approval from all parties and organizations involved in the project 
  • Budget (one page) 
  • Transcript(s) for each applicant (unofficial)
  • Letter of recommendation (1) and contact information for a second recommender (required of each applicant in a group proposal)

Campus interview:  Yes

Campus nomination required: Yes; Whitman may select one nominee and one alternate 

National committee interview: No

Faculty advisor: Director for Fellowships and Grants

Selection process: Applicants submit all materials to Whitman's Fellowships and Grants team (see email address above) by the internal deadline. An internal (Whitman) committee reviews all proposals and will conduct 25-minute interviews with selected applicants. The committee nominates one recipient and one alternate as appropriate. Final review and selection of all projects rests solely with the Projects for Peace Program at Middlebury College. Middlebury sends project funds to each school for distribution to grant recipients. Grants are made upon assurance that the project proposed will be undertaken during the upcoming summer. 

Announcement date: March

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