Simpson Center Funding Opportunities

The Simpson Center for the Humanities provides financial and administrative support for crossdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement projects. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including:

  • fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students
  • cross-departmental research groups
  • scholarly conferences and symposia
  • community-engaged collaborations

Procedures and timetables for seeking support vary by category. Funding rounds are administered twice annually, in Fall and Spring. Both Fall and Spring rounds support the same funding term, July through June of the following year. Grant applications are reviewed and selected for support by the Simpson Center Executive Board. Proposed projects should be led by UW faculty and/or graduate students, require $1,000 or more in funding, and be planned for the subsequent academic year.

Fellowship Grants Fellowship Grants for the Society of Scholars and the Summer Digital Humanities Commons are reviewed in the Fall round only. 

Collaborative Projects This category includes Collaboration Studio Grants (Fall rounds only), as well as interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations at all scales, colloquia and conferences.

Katz Lecturer Nominations Nominations for the Katz Distinguished Lectureships are reviewed in the Fall funding round.

Co-Sponsored Events Faculty may request small, discretionary grants (max. $500) to support opportunities such as visiting lecturers and conferences. Applications are accepted throughout the year and do not go through Executive Board review.