The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Davis Projects for Peace Request for Proposals

All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with Michelle Johnson while in the planning stages of their proposals.

Online submission deadline:  Friday, January 12, 2018 at noon

Online Application Process

Before you begin, review the Davis Projects for Peace webpage:

In late fall each year, Reed's Davis online application becomes available. 

  • Log in to IRIS and visit the grants page
  • Create application before you request a letter of support.
    • add your name, email, graduation year, and major.
  • IRIS times out after 30 minutes. Save your work regularly
  • Before final submission, edit your proposal as much as you like.
  • Click Finalize Proposal  to submit when your proposal is 100% complete.   

Online Application Requirements

A complete online application includes the following five sections. You will be unable to submit your proposal if a section is missing.

1. One letter of support (one for each group member) from a Reed faculty or Reed staff member who can speak to your qualifications. This letter will be viewed by Reed's internal Davis Committee only; it will not be forwarded to the Davis Foundation.

  • Review this Reference Protocol for helpful tips. 
  • Give ample notice to your Reed letter writer.
  • Letter writer should upload letter to IRIS grants page.
  • lf provided in a sealed envelope, do not open the envelope - deliver to the Center for Life Beyond Reed for processing. 

2. Proposer information and resume (one for each group member). Fill in information in the online application and upload a resume. If submitting a group proposal, identify someone to serve as the main contact.

Your resume should provide information about your experiences, skills, and interests that qualify and prepare you for success with a Davis project. Your resume might also assist in illustrating your project's relevance to your academic and/or professional goals. Your resume will be viewed by Reed's internal Davis Committee only; it will not be forwarded to the Davis Foundation.

3. Proposal Information. Fill in project title, project start date, and project end date in the online application.

4. Project Description. Before you begin, review the Projects for Peace Research Report. Your project description should be approximately a two-page summary (1500 word limit) that provides details about the project you are planning. Describe the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. Be sure to include a paragraph specifically addressing the issue of peace and how your project relates to it.  Proposals should include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project.  Your document must comply with the following formatting guidelines:

Page Margins: Top: 1" Right: 1" Bottom: 1" Left: 1"
Font: Book Antiqua 10 pt.
Line spacing: single-spaced
Header Format:
Reed College
Student Name & graduation date
Title of Project 
Dates of Project 
Town/City/Province/Region, Country where the project will take place

If your proposal is nominated for funding through Reed's internal process, you may be encouraged to make revisions before submitting to the Davis Foundation.

5. Project Budget. Include direct costs for living: travel, lodging, food, etc., and anticipated supply needs and costs including paying local experts/translators as needed.  List any other funding sources that you anticipate or will receive. Please explain how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount. The budget must add up to  exactly $10,000. Note: you may not make purchases or donations that are not directly related to your project. You must use the budget template found on the Davis webpage.

Important: Only the project summary and budget will be forwarded to The Davis Projects for Peace foundation where the final decisions are made.  Please ensure that your summary and budget contain enough breadth and detail to faithfully represent your project to the final judges. 

Travel Restrictions: Davis Projects for Peace student grant awards are tentative until travel permission has been received from the Reed College coordinators of such awards via completion of an award agreement form that outlines conditions of acceptance. Students who do not receive permission to travel will not be allowed to use such funds for their proposed project; however, accommodations for an alternate location may be made at the discretion of the coordinators of the awards (SEEDS, and college relations personnel in consultation with the President's Office). Travel restrictions usually follow State Department travel warning criteria. If you suspect that your proposed location of study may present safety or security risks, please consult the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings Section.  If a project proposal includes travel to locations that may present safety or security risks, especially as identified by the State Department travel warning criteria, special note must be made in the proposal, and additional information may be requested before permission is determined.

What Happens Next?

In late January, an internal review committee of Reed staff and faculty will evaluate the applications. During the first week of spring semester classes, the Committee will invite proposers (some, if not all) to interview briefly with the Committee and answer any remaining questions. Reed's Davis Committee will choose a project to forward to the Davis Foundation. The Davis Foundation will make final funding decisions in March. You may review The Davis Foundation calendar here.

When Your Project Is Complete

For each funded project, the responsible student(s) must prepare and submit a final report by the first day of classes the fall semester following their summer Davis project. The final report is to be limited to two pages of narrative and a one-page account of funds expended, using the final report instructions on the Davis Foundation webpage. Students must also include up to 3 digital photos, attaching them to the end of their two-page final report.

The final report should include: a brief restatement of the project's purpose/plans, actual work completed, outcomes/achievements/failures, and long-term prospects of the initiative. Reports will be posted on the the Davis Foundation's website.

Recipients of the award will be asked to share their learning with the Reed community. Additionally, recipients will also be asked to participate in next year’s applicant review process. If you do not plan to return to campus the fall semester following your proposed summer project, explain in your application how you will fulfill these obligations.

For more information, or for support in preparing your application: Email Michelle Johnson.

The McGill Lawrence Internship Award

Note: students considering the Davis Projects for Peace Award, may also want to consider the McGill Lawrence Internship Award, which offers Reed students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a summer internship in the public or non-profit sectors. McGill Lawrence grants $4,000 each to eight students for a minimum of eight weeks of full-time engagement. 

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