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
  • other (we are eager for new, unconventional proposals! Call or email to discuss.)

Application procedures and timetables vary by category. We have two annual funding rounds, in the fall and spring. Both the fall and spring rounds support the same funding term, July through June of the following year. The Simpson Center Executive Board reviews and selects grant applications. 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 colloquia and conferences, Collaboration Studio Grants (fall round only), and interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations at all scales.

Katz Lecturership Nominations for 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.

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