The Legacy Project nabs research award, encourages scholarly work with fellow Legacy Project grantors – deadline of Oct. 1

Author: Kate Chester

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The Legacy Project, an initiative of the Kroc Institute’s Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), was named the winner of this year’s Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society's Global Breakthrough Award. The $1,000 win celebrates the research achievements of Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, director of PAM and principal investigator for The Legacy Project, and the entire PAM research team.

The Legacy Project is a collection of narratives and memories about Colombia’s 52-year armed conflict, compiled by the Colombian Truth Commission. The collection of more than 200,000 digitized files, housed through the University of Notre Dame, is accessible to researchers, educators, and others around the world. Through this body of work, the Truth Commission’s research advances transitional justice and human rights for the study and creative practice to shape peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts.

“I am so proud of our team, for their dedication and efforts to make this collection available to all parties interested in conflict and its transformation to justice and peacebuilding,” said Echavarría Alvarez.

In other news, The Legacy Project, with the support of the Kellogg Institute, offers internal and external research grant opportunities related to the Colombian Truth Commission. These support both Notre Dame faculty, students and researchers and outstanding scholar-practitioners outside the university interested in maximizing the potential of this library of content for peace, conflict, and democracy research. The deadline to apply for grants is Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. Please visit the following links to apply and for more details:

These grant opportunities are made possible by funding to the Peace Accords Matrix from the Notre Dame Office of Research and Humanity United, and in collaboration with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland.

Originally published by Kate Chester at on September 26, 2023.