Davis Projects for Peace

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interests of safety and health for all, all Projects for Peace grants for 2020 have been cancelled. We remain hopeful that circumstances will allow for these grants to be rolled forward to 2021.

About Davis Projects for Peace

On the occasion of her 100th birthday, Mrs. Kathryn Davis, an international philanthropist alumna of I-House New York, who died in 2013 at age 106, felt some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world. She committed $1 million to fund one hundred $10,000 projects for peace as she believed that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.

Projects for Peace is an initiative that has been open to residents of International House - UC Berkeley to design grassroots projects for the summeranywhere in the worldwhich promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

International House Residents or UC Berkeley Undergraduates can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to conduct community service projects around the world. Please continue to check this page for details and updates for the 2022 grants.

Summer 2020/2021 Winners:

Summer 2020 Winners (conducted in Summer 2021 due to COVID):

Sayantan Mitra “Sunny” 
Title of Project: Sondhe Holo, Khelte Cholo: It's Evening, Let's Play!

Oluwagbemisola Akinspe “Gbemi”
Title of Project: The Hope Project

Summer 2019 Winners:

I-House Worldwide Winner: Sarah Lebu (Kenya)

Title of Project: First Friday: The Peaceful Side of the Street

UC Berkeley Campuswide Winner: Maha Siddiqui (U.S.A.)

Title of Project: Activism in Heart, Health, and Medicine

Patrick Thelen, 2017 Davis Projects for Peace winner
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The Davis Projects for Peace Initiative is made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis.


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Davis Projects for Peace: UC Berkeley Summer 2019 Winners