$10,000 summer grants for self-designed projects intended to build peace domestically or abroad.


Application Deadline

January 16, 2025 at 4:59 AM


Midnight deadline for electronic submission. Submit to sabrina.thomas@duke.edu with the subject line “Davis Projects for Peace Summer 2025 Proposal –  Your Project Title.

The national announcement of the winners is in mid-March.

Duke Contact

Dean Sabrina Thomas

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Creative/Performing Arts
Professional (Law/Medicine/Business)
Public Service
Social Sciences
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen, Non-US Citizen, DACA Recipient

When to Apply

Sophomore Year, Junior Year, Senior Year

Campus Nomination Required?



Established in 2007 to mark the 100th Birthday of philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, the award will support Projects for Peace in the Summer. One project and one alternate will be identified and submitted as Duke's nomination to the Davis Projects for Peace in mid-February.


$10,00 funding to implement the proposed peace-building project. 

Awardees remain a part of the Davis Projects for Peace alumni network and are eligible to apply for the Projects for Peace Alumni Award. 


A two page proposal, one page budget submitted electronically (.doc file attached to an email), and a minimum of one faculty recommendation letter to the Campus Liaison, Senior Associate Dean Sabrina Thomas. Applicants must also have a support letter from a faculty member that has intimate knowledge of the project and student’s background and ability to successfully implement the project. The proposal must have the pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project. Students should therefore submit a letter of support and acknowledgement of partnership from all partner organizations identified in the proposal. The budget template and proposal outline can be found here. Please read the directions carefully.

Selection Criteria

Duke endorsement is required. Davis Projects for Peace grantees typically seek "movers and shakers" on college campuses, students who are eager to commit a summer to building their vision of peace.