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Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace, 2017, Sri Lanka

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2018. The Davis Projects for Peace were made possible by Kathryn Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist who was committed to providing the resources to today's student leaders for actionable project ideas. Mrs. Davis envisioned this program in 2007, when she was turning 100: "I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." Based on the success of the initiative, it continues now in her memory.

Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The initiative hopes to prepare students as ethical global leaders by providing the resources to execute innovative grassroots project ideas. These projects, as defined by students, creatively address worldwide peace efforts providing sustainable solutions to contemporary society.

The University of Michigan is one of 90 universities participating; the University's selection committee will submit one student proposal to be considered as a 2018 Project for Peace.

The selected proposal will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 from the Davis United World Scholars Program.

Eligibility Criteria

Any undergraduate student (including current seniors) and/or any recognized student organization at UM may submit a proposal.

Interested students and/or student organizations need to submit a 2-page proposal (maximum) that creatively interprets the phrase "project for peace." Intentionally, no clear definition of "peace" is offered so as not to limit the imagination. We leave it up to the students to define what a "project for peace" might be; we hope the project reflects creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere; special consideration will be given this year to  grassroots projects based in Washtenaw County, southeast Michigan or other domestic locations. The proposal should include a 1-page budget (template included below) detailing how you would plan to spend the $10,000 grant.

Application and Proposal

The application for the Davis Projects for Peace initiative is available through M-Compass:

You will be asked to upload a 2-page project proposal (using MSWord) to your MCompass application when you fill out the application form. 

Please include the following information in your project proposal:

  • Project Definition: Why is the project important? What issues do you hope to address in the community?
  • Project Objectives: What do you want to accomplish? What are the prospects for future impact?
  • Project Activities: What specifically will be done?
  • Project Partners: With whom will you be working on this project? Who are your community and/or campus partners? What are you doing to ensure true partnership?
  • Project Timetable: What are the critical dates for this project?

Proposed Budget  You must also submit a proposed budget as part of your application. The budget template can be downloaded here, and you will upload it when you fill out your application. Please rename the budget template to something identifiable, such as Davis_2017_Budget_uniqname.xls.

Letter of Support  You must also upload a brief letter of support from a University faculty or staff member or community partner, highlighting your individual or organizational ability to carry out this project.

Deadline and additional information

All proposals must be submitted by Midnight on Monday, January 22rd, 2018.

Additional questions may be asked through the MCompass system or sent to

For more information about the national Davis Projects for Peace program visit: