Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Davis Projects for Peace

Projects for Peace LogoDavis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools — including Swarthmore College — to design grass-roots projects in the summer anywhere in the world that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Through a competition on more than 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each. Davis Projects for Peace has been funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a renowned internationalist and philanthropist.


First years, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit a two-page proposal, one-page budget, as well as a current resumé that outlines relevant coursework, connections, and/or experiences and letter of support from a community partner.

Important Dates

Draft proposals are typically due the first Friday in December every year, with official proposals due in January. For Summer 2022, proposals—along with a budget and a letter(s) of community support — are due to Jennifer Magee (jmagee1@swarthmore) by Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Students are highly recommended to submit a *draft* proposal by Friday, December 3, 2021. Some applicants may be invited to an interview during the first or second week of February. Final decisions will be rendered by Davis UWC Scholars office to campus officials in mid-March, with funds released in early - mid April. Projects should be completed during the summer, with final reports due to Jennifer Magee (jmagee1) by September 1. 

Note: This grant is not in service of Swarthmore College and does not create an employment relationship between the student(s) and Swarthmore College.

Frequently Asked Questions

Past Grant Recipients

Summer Country Project Title Student Name(s) & Class Year
2020 US

Memorializing and Reimagining Resistance

Diana Martinez '20
2019 Pakistan Improving Healthcare Access for the Transgender Community in Lahore Hussain Zaidi '22
2018 US Homeland Natasha Markov-Riss '20, Ben Stern '20
2017 Israel/Palestine Human Rights Hummus Lily Tyson '17, Marissa Cohen '17
2016 US Revitalizing Arts Kelly Hernandez '18
2015 US Inclusive Excellence Mackenzie Welch '14
2014 US Coding for Justice Leah Gallant '15
2013 Nepal Peace Innovation Lab Nimesh Ghimire '15 (Winter)
2012 India Youth for Peace Riana Shah '14, Adrianna Poppa '12
2011 Venezuela Pémon Health  Elisa Lopez '11
2010 Colombia Taller de Paz Deivid Rojas '11, Alex Frye '11, Andrés Freire '11
2009 Madagascar Project Madagascar Peace  Kimberly St. Julian '12, Josh Cockroft '12
2008 Serbia Swarthmore Bosnia Project Deivid Rojas '11


Davis Projects for Peace Contact

Jennifer Magee

Jennifer Magee

Senior Associate Director, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
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