Davis Projects for Peace: Guidelines for Proposals
All Denison students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors must be able to complete their project during the summer of 2013. The process is open to individuals and to groups of students.
To be considered, a student or group of students must prepare and submit a written proposal including the following elements:
- A narrative which describes the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. The narrative should not exceed two pages, single-spaced.
- A well-developed and detailed budget not to exceed one page.
- Letters of commitment or other documentation of approval/intent to participate from all parties and organizations involved in the project.
- Letters of recommendation from members of the Denison faculty and/or staff and other key individuals are encouraged. Recommenders should address the capacity of the student(s) to successfully carry out their proposed project and/or the merit and feasibility of the proposed project.
Proposers of group projects should identify a project leader to serve as the primary contact person for the project throughout the selection process and implementation of the project, if selected.
A draft proposal must be submitted electronically to Cookie Sunkle, Gilpatrick Center for Student Research & Fellowships, no later than November 16, 2012. A selection committee comprised of faculty and staff will review the drafts and determine which projects should advance to the final proposal stage. The committee will provide feedback on the proposals selected to move forward in the process. Draft proposals should:
- be well developed and clearly communicate the project plan,
- begin with a brief paragraph summarizing what the project will do,
- provide a timeline of project activities,
- provide a clear explication of how the project will contribute to peace as the proposer defines it. (Most proposals do not do this adequately. While it may seem obvious, the Denison selection committee and the Davis program want to see that proposers have thought through their own conception of peace and how the project will contribute to it.)
- demonstrate attention to presentation, organization, clarity and readability,
- represent both the student(s) and Denison with a high degree of professionalism.
Final proposals will be due via e-mail by January 21, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to seek guidance and feedback on proposal preparation well in advance of the submission deadline for both draft and final proposals.
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