How does a student (or group of students) make a proposal?

Students are strongly encourage to contact to discuss their idea early in the planning process.

To be considered, a student (or group of students) must include the following:

  1. A written statement (not to exceed two pages) describing the project's goals and work plan (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. Consider the following questions in your narrative: What experiences have motivated you to pursue this peace proposal? What is your definition of peace and how is this a peace project? What academic and outside of the classroom Macalester experiences have prepared you for this project? How do you intend to share your work with the Macalester campus after your project is completed? Describe your current and/or past relationship with the community partners you will be working with.
  2. A detailed budget (one page)
  3. A written letter of pre-approval and support from a community partner(s) involved in the project. The writer can submit these electronically to  and cc: . (Indicate "Davis Projects for Peace - Your Lastname" in the subject line.)
  4. A resume of each of the student leaders or the leader
  5. A letter of reference from someone who can comment on your preparation to ability to successfully complete a major community-based project. Ideally, this is a Macalester staff/faculty member who has agreed to serve as your advisor for the project. The writer can submit these electronically to  and cc: . (Indicate "Davis Projects for Peace - Your Lastname" in the subject line.)

The full proposal should be submitted electronically by 8 a.m. January 10, 2018 to  and cc: . (Indicate "Davis Projects for Peace - Your Lastname" in the subject line.)

Before submitting a proposal, students are strongly encouraged to set up a meeting with Karin Trail-Johnson to discuss their idea and to let her know that you will be submitting an application.

Please note:  Macalester College does not allow students to participate in a college sponsored initiative in countries or areas within countries that are under a State Department Travel Warning. See for a current list.

How are these proposals submitted and judged?

A Macalester selection committee will review all proposals, conduct interviews with finalists and submit the top two qualified applications to Davis UWC Scholars Office. Projects will be evaluated on the connection to peace, innovation, feasibility, potential for a lasting community impact and preparation of the student(s). Final review and approval of all recommended proposals from individual campuses rests solely with the office of the Davis UWC Scholars Program, which will then forward the appropriate grant funds to each school with winning project(s).

What is required for each project's final report?

Each funded project must submit a final report after the project is completed to the Davis UWC Scholars office. The final report is to be limited to two pages of narrative using the final report form for posted on the national website. It also includes a separate one-page accounting of the funds expended. Students have the option of including up to three digital photos, attaching them to the end of their two-page final report. Final reports are submitted on disk to the Davis UWC office by Karin Trail-Johnson. Reports will be posted on the national program’s website.