Davis Projects For Peace

Sydney Kamen '20 implemented a menstrual health management and social entrepreneurship project in northern Rwanda.

Saba Kaboly Nejad '18 worked with marginalized women in Iran and helped them build life and vocational skills through experiential education.

Saba Kaboly Nejad's project with marginalized Iranian women culminated in the ascent of Iran's tallest mountain, Damavand.

Simone Schmid '17 in Nyagatare, Rwanda

Simone Schmid ('17) with children in Nyagatare, Rwanda, where she helped an agricultural cooperative implement an irrigation project.

Davis Projects for Peace

Hilary Johnson '15 and Gurkaran Singh '15 worked in Ghana with the organization Tech Needs Girls to help educate and empower young women. 

Deadline: JANUARY 15

The Davis Projects for Peace Program supports young people to create and test their own ideas for building peace. Dartmouth students are invited to design grassroots projects that they implement in the summer. The program has enabled Dartmouth students, individually and in teams, to undertake projects aimed at the promotion of peace around the world.

The Davis Projects for Peace Program was made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in 2007, Mrs. Davis celebrated by committing one million dollars for 100 projects for peace. Because of the many achievements of students that summer, Mrs. Davis and her family have continued to support the Program.

Proposal Guidelines

Prepare a written statement that answers the following questions about the project. 

  • Who would you be working with and where?
  • What is the issue you want to address?
  • How do you plan to implement the project?
  • What are the expected outcomes?
  • How is the project related to peace?

Successful Dartmouth projects have included:

  • Menstrual health and social entrepreneurship in northern Rwanda.
  • Training marginalized Iranian women in creative writing, dance, painting and photography.
  • Helping a rural community Rwanda to install a water pump for their agricultural cooperative
  • Providing college test preparation materials and assistance to Ugandan students to encourage application to US colleges
  • Creating a playwriting workshop for youths in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Introducing a community garden in the Bronx
  • Cultivating a farm in Swaziland to help support kitchens to feed the children and mothers in a high HIV prevalent country
  • Helping with a sheep loan program in Tibet to provide a sustainable income for impoverished families

PDFs of past successful proposals will be provided to interested applicants.


To apply, please submit a complete application, including a written project proposal (maximum 2 pages) and one page budget by the deadline. The most promising projects (a primary and an alternate) will then be forwarded to the Davis Foundation for consideration.

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center