Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2012, anywhere in the world. 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, and at least one is guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially — this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace.

Deadline to apply: By 9AM on Friday, February 4th, 2013.

You’ll need to submit the following:

  • a detailed two-page, single-spaced proposal (who, what, when, where, how, anticipated outcomes) that includes confirmation of the participation of any partner organizations or people
  • a detailed one-page budget for carrying out the project in summer 2012
  • 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

Here are some useful guidelines:

  • Your submission should be sent as .doc (the budget can be .xls or .doc) NOT .pdf, docx, etc.
  • Competitive proposals will be visually appealing (nicely formatted) and clearly written, communicating well-planned, innovative projects
  • The relevance to peace should be strong and clearly articulated

Proposals will be judged using these criteria:

  • strong and clearly articulated relevance to peace
  • creativity and innovation
  • potential for impact
  • feasibility (showing that the team can accomplish the work within the required time frame, using the available funding)
  • well thought and presented budget: detailed, realistic, and practical

We made ask successful candidates to refine their proposals before submitting them to Davis Projects for Peace – we will help with this process.

See http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/ for more details of the program, examples of past winners, and FAQs.

Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu