Colloquia and Conferences

Applications accepted for both fall and spring funding rounds.

Funding supports crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary symposia, colloquia, and conferences of various scales (working conferences, international research conferences, etc.)Topics should be of interest to scholars across two or more disciplines.

Proposals requesting support for a meeting of a regional, national, or international scholarly association at the University of Washington will be considered but are not a first priority for funding.

Eligibility: Generally proposals must be submitted and led by a UW faculty member. Graduate students may participate on the conference organizing committee but may not serve as primary conference organizers. For more information, contact the Simpson Center.

Criteria: Interdepartmental organization and support encouraged. Incorporation of a humanities seminar or course—in particular at the graduate level—to precede or coincide with conferences or colloquia is also valued.

Terms of Award: Awards of financial and administrative support vary according to requests and needs. Typically requests and awards range between $6,000 and $15,000. Additionally, a research budget in the amount of $1,500 may be awarded to the principal investigator when substantial organizational work or extra teaching is required, such as for a conference that benefits the larger academic community or the teaching of a microseminar related to a conference, exhibition, or visiting Katz Distinguished Lecturer.  

Note: Those applying for conference funding should consult with the Simpson Center at least 4 weeks in advance of the application deadline. Call 206-543-3920 to schedule an appointment.

Application Materials

1. Proposal Narratives (limit 8 pages) should address:

  • The significance of the subject of the conference or colloquium series
  • Activities to be funded (including when and where they will take place)
  • Participating persons or organizations (if professional organizations or other units are involved, specify the administrative support they will provide)
  • Audience and promotion/outreach plans
  • Anticipated results (e.g., publication)

2. Budget should detail anticipated expenses (e.g. stipends or honoraria, travel, accommodations, promotional materials, postage, hospitality, and facilities rentals) as applicable, as well as other confirmed and anticipated sources of support.

3. C.V.: Include organizer(s) curriculum vita(e). Limit five pages per organizer.

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