Projects for Peace Application

The Projects for Peace program hopes to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation.  Learn more about the program here.

The Letter of Intent deadline is TBD.

The Final Proposal deadline is Friday, November 29, 2024.

  • U.S. or international students are eligible
  • Students may be of any age, any major, or any year in school: this includes seniors who intend to complete their projects in the summer after graduation
  • Students may implement the project alone or with others
  • The project may take place anywhere in the world, including in the U.S.

For specific deadlines, please contact Micah Owino.

OctoberLetter of Intent Submitted to Micah Owino
NovemberFinal Application Deadline; Zoom Interviews and Clarification if necessary
DecemberFinal Revisions Due for Finalist and Alternate
JanuaryReview Committee Meets for Feview of Final Proposals
MarchFinal Decisions Rendered and Announced to Campus Officials
April Projects for Peace Final Cohort Announced
SummerProject Implemented
SeptemberFinal Student Project Report Due

Letters of Intent and Final Proposals should be emailed as a PDF to Micah Owino with the subject line “Amherst Projects for Peace.”

For questions, please contact Micah.

  • Student name and contact information
  • Brief description of project idea and summary of motivating opportunity or need
  • Brief description of your personal and academic readiness to undertake the project – what has prepared you to do this project?
  • Name and title of at least one relevant faculty or appropriate staff reference

  • Project proposal (cannot exceed four pages)
    • Heading
      • Name of the participating institution (Amherst College)
      • Name of all student participants
      • Title of project
      • Dates of the project
      • Country where the project will be performed
    • Overview/Description of Project
      • What do you propose to do?
      • What is the opportunity or need you seek to address?
      • What motivated this idea? What have you accomplished so far?
    • Intention and Anticipated Outcome
      • What are your short-term and long-term goals and objectives?
    • Demonstrated Need and Research
      • How do you know this is an opportunity or need, and for whom? Be sure to make a well-supported argument citing research (ideally, this will be a mix of your own inquiry and a literature review).
    • Partners and Collaborators
      • Who is involved in your project?
      • How are you working together with others?
      • What is the nature of your collaboration?
    • Relevant Personal Experience and/or Coursework
      • Do you have any previous experience that will support your work on this project or activity?
      • What has prepared you to undertake this work?
    • Assessment and Reflection
      • How will you know if your project has been successful?
      • How will your assessment strategy provide meaningful feedback, and how will you apply what you’ve learned?
    • Implementation Strategy
      • Who will be involved?
      • What will you do and when?
      • How will these actions lead to your intended outcomes?
      • Please remember that all projects must be completed in the summer.
    • Possible Safety/Liability Risks and Challenges
      • What possible safety/liability risks or challenges might arise, and how would you address them?
    • One-page budget (with line-item breakdown)
  • Résumé
  • Written pre-approval of outside persons/organizations involved
  • Letter of support from at least one faculty or relevant staff member