Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (including Kalamazoo College) to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the following summer. One hundred projects will be selected from proposals from over 85 campuses for these $10,000 grants.

For more details, including a description of K’s winning project conducted last summer see the Davis Website.

Application Details and Deadlines

Please review the application instructions carefully. All students, including seniors, are eligible to submit proposals as individuals or as a group.

Some pragmatic advice for undergraduates can be found in Swarthmore professor Timothy Burke’s blog.

Required items due to Jessica Fowle on January 15 include:

  • Two page proposal
  • One page budget
  • Resume of each participant
  • Two letters of recommendation for each participant, preferably from faculty, and not to exceed one page
  • Letter(s) of affiliation, if applicable

The last 3 listed items are for use of the campus committee only. They will not be forwarded to the Davis UWC Scholars Office.

Proposals to work with specific organizations or individuals must be accompanied by a letter of affiliation from the organization or individual detailing the nature and duration of the proposed work.

It is highly recommended that you consult faculty or other advisors for comments on your proposal and budget before submitting it to Ms. Fowle.

A Campus Committee will review and select up to five proposals for final consideration and interviews. We welcome proposals from students abroad who may be interviewed via Microsoft Teams.

The Committee will choose one proposal and one alternate for submission to the Davis UWC Scholars Office for final consideration.

Website: https://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/

Davis Projects for Peace Proposal Instructions


Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative open to all students at schools that belong to the Davis United World College Scholars Program (including Kalamazoo College). For more information about the application process, see our Kalamazoo College Davis Projects for Peace page. Students design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the following summer. One hundred projects will be selected from proposals from over 85 campuses for these $10,000 grants. Kalamazoo College is guaranteed to receive one grant each year.
For more details, including a description of K’s winning projects, see the Davis Foundation website: https://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/projects

Deadline: January 15th

Required Materials (all due by January 15th)

  1. Project narrative (see guidelines below)
  2. Budget (see guidelines below)
  3. Résumé for each student participant (1-2 pages)
  4. Two letters of recommendation for each participant, preferably from professors (limited to 1 page each); recommenders should send letters directly to Jessica Fowle (jessica.fowle@kzoo.edu) by the deadline.
  5. Letter of affiliation from each community partner.

Submit application materials via email to Jessica Fowle (jessica.fowle@kzoo.edu) by January 15th.

Project Narrative Guidelines

  1. Two pages, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 11 point or greater.
  2. At the top of the first page provide the project title, name of the college, name(s) of the student(s), project location, and the project dates.
  3. Provide an overview of your project and state how it will promote peace.
  4. Explain why this project is needed.
  5. Explain in more detail the nature of the project – who will the project serve, where and when will it take place, what will happen?
  6. Describe your role and the role(s) of any collaborators; explain how you are qualified to do this work.
  7. Describe the intended outcomes of the project. What difference will it make?
  8. Explain how you will evaluate the project. How will you know that it is successful?
  9. Explain how the project will be sustained beyond the summer.

Budget Guidelines

• One page, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 11 point or greater.
• Provide a line item budget with a brief explanation for each item.
• Budgets must total $10,000.

Budget Template

Student Name:
Project Name:
School Name:
Davis Projects for Peace Grant: $10,000
Additional Funding (if applicable):
Total Funding:

Student ExpensesDescription Amount
Travel (including airfare)
Food (Biweekly)
Project ExpensesDescriptionAmount
Non-Student Travel and Lodging
Equipment and Supplies
Marketing and Event Support
Staffing Costs

Questions? Contact Jessica Fowle (jessica.fowle@kzoo.edu)

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) fellowship advances American understanding of international cultures and affairs by sending outstanding young professionals abroad on two-year independent writing fellowships to study countries, regions and globally important issues. Fellows are given the time and resources to explore the world through self-designed programs of travel, thought and writing. They produce monthly dispatches and go on to make vital contributions to their fields.

Fellowships are aimed at developing local knowledge and writing skills, not necessarily awarding research or reporting opportunities to those who already possess them. Strong candidates propose compelling fellowship topics.

  • Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.
  • US citizenship is not a requirement but candidates must show strong and credible ties to US society.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English-language skills and must have completed the current phase of their formal education. (We do not accept applications from currently enrolled undergraduate students.)
  • We expect candidates to have the necessary language skills to allow to them to carry out their proposed projects. That means enough language proficiency for them to be able to function in the local language within a few months of arriving in country.

Summer Undergraduate Research Training (SMART) Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Training (SMART) Program provides frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities.

The program offers:

  • Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas
  • Research and professional development seminars designed for undergraduates
  • Career development activities
  • Designated housing near Baylor College of Medicine

The position is a real job, with a compensation package of approximately $5,000 for nine weeks. Depending on the funding source, compensation will be all salary or a combination of salary and allocation for housing or travel. In addition to everything you learn about science through research, daily seminars, discussion groups, and extra activities; the experience of getting to know the other participants and people here at Baylor College of Medicine is extraordinary.

We welcome students from all science and math majors, and even non-science majors with appropriate background and interest. Projects span the spectrum of biomedical science, including projects in bioengineering and computational biology.

Human Genome Sequencing Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training Program) provides funding for BIPOC undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, electrical or mechanical engineering, or computer science. Summer research opportunities are available each summer for students who are interested in learning about genomic research and graduate school preparation. Students will conduct research projects in biomedical/genetic laboratories, bioinformatics, or robotics. Application deadline: mid-February

The G/GREAT provides:

  • A competitive stipend
  • Paid student housing
  • Nine weeks of mentored research in a biomedical/genetics/bioinformatics or engineering research laboratory
  • An opportunity to interact with undergraduate students in the BCM-SMART program
  • Participation in a GRE Preparation Course
  • Bioinformatics BootCamp Course
  • HGSC-GREAT Genomics and Biomedical Review Course
  • Biomedical research seminars and activities to assist with student career goals
  • Graduate Career Counseling from the program mentor

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)

Each year the National Science Foundation awards approximately 1,000 three-year Graduate Fellowships. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering.

You do not have to be accepted to a graduate program to apply and being awarded an NSF Fellowship can enhance your graduate school applications.  If you have previously been awarded an NSF REU and have plans for graduate school, please consider applying.


Applications are welcomed from students in the sciences and women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents.

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science (natural, physical and social), mathematics and engineering. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based PhD in science education. Practice-oriented programs are not eligible for support. Research with disease-related goals is also not eligible for support.


National Health Service Corps Scholarship

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship is a program run by the US Department of Health and Human Services scholarships for health professions (MD, DO, DDS, PA).  Minimum two-year service obligation. May 15 deadline.