Davis Projects for Peace Fellowships
Have an initiative in mind to promote peace in the world? If you are an MIT undergraduate who wants to formulate and test new models for advancing peace, explore a Davis Projects for Peace fellowship.
Application deadline for summer 2018 projects
Deadline TBD, typically late January or early February.
Davis Projects for Peace offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace to be implemented during the summer. The aim is to “help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world.” MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward to the Davis review board and typically receive funding for at least one project per year. Think creatively, innovatively, and with an entrepreneurial spirit, as this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace!
If you are not an undergraduate or planning a peace-building project, consider applying for a Public Service Fellowship instead.
MIT undergraduate individuals and undergraduate-led teams are eligible. Teams may include graduate students and people who are not MIT students, but the MIT undergraduate member(s) must have significant leadership roles and must be the one(s) to write and submit the application. If a team is funded, the award will be made to one of the MIT undergraduate member(s), who may use the funds to also support other team members as appropriate.
If you are planning an international project, check the MIT Travel Policy and travel warnings, and please be aware that we may impose additional safety-based restrictions on travel, depending on what the program managers deem appropriate.
How to Apply
- Submit your application by email to the MIT selection committee at email@example.com.
- Attachments must be .doc or .docx files (not PDFs).
- Please include Davis Peace Project and your name in the subject line of your email.
We need a complete application in order to consider you for support, so please ensure we receive all of the following materials (see guidelines below):
- A two-page proposal
- A one-page safety and cultural impact statement
- A one-page budget
- A letter of commitment from your community partner. Your community partner should submit this directly to Alison Hynd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can include additional materials that you think will help, but please be selective.
The two-page proposal
- The proposal heading must include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, country where the project will be performed, and project implementation dates.
- Outline the project in a detailed, two-page, single-spaced proposal. Think in terms of: who, what, when, where, how, anticipated outcomes, and prospects for future impact. The proposal must confirm the participation of any partner organizations or people. Remember that the project must be implemented during the upcoming summer.
Proposals will be evaluated using these criteria:
- A strong and clearly articulated relevance to peace
- Creativity and innovation
- Potential for impact
- Feasibility (show that the individual or team can accomplish the work within the required time fram using the available funding)
- Competitive proposals will also be visually appealing (nicely formatted) and clearly written, communicating well-planned, innovative projects.
See examples of past winners, more details about Davis Projects for Peace, and FAQs.
We may ask successful candidates to refine their proposals (with help from us) before submitting them to the Davis Projects for Peace national organization.
The one-page safety and cultural impact statement
In a separate Word document, address safety and cultural impact considerations for your project. This statement will be used by the MIT selection committee but will not be forwarded to the national organization sponsoring the Davis Projects for Peace.
- Outline your safety considerations for the project. What are the main safety issues in the location you will be working in? What steps will you take to prioritize your safety and what resources have you identified to help you stay safe? Does your project have any safety implications for the community you are serving and how will you address these?
- If you are planning a project in a relatively high-risk location, you will need a particularly strong safety plan and work plan.
- Help us to understand how the cultural context will affect your project. Tell us about any experience you have living and/or working with other cultures. How might you prepare yourself for living in the cultural context relevant to the project you are applying for?
The one-page budget
In a separate Word document or single-page Excel chart, lay out a detailed budget for carrying out the project during the summer.
- The budget should be well-thought through, well-presented, detailed, realistic, and practical.
- You should aim to spend the full $10,000 you could be awarded.
- If your total budget is greater than $10,000, explain your other secured and potential funding sources.
The letter of commitment from your key community partner
The letter of commitment from your key community partner must confirm that the person or organization is willing and able to support your work this summer and believes that the work will contribute to peace-building in the target community.
Please send your community partner the guidelines below and ask them to submit their letter by email directly to Alison Hynd at email@example.com.
Guidelines for Davis Projects for Peace community partners:
Davis Projects for Peace Fellows work on projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. Thank you for writing a letter of commitment for a Davis Project for Peace proposal. Discuss the project details with the student before committing to supporting the project and, ideally, read a draft of the student’s proposal.
Please provide the selection committee with a one to two page letter of commitment. Be sure to include the following basic information:
- Student’s name
- Name of the organization or community you represent
- Your position within the organization or community
- Your phone and email or contact information
- The proposed Davis Project for Peace and its usefulness to your organization or community.
- How you plan to support the student’s work on this project.
- Ways that you can help the student(s) learn about your organization or community and the peace-related issues they are hoping to address this summer.
Have questions? Want feedback on your ideas? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison Hynd.