Public Scholarship / Community Engagement

Applications accepted for both Fall and Spring Funding Rounds.

Description of Category/Purpose of the Award: 
Public Scholarship awards support humanities-based research, teaching, and engagement projects that promote dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between University of Washington scholars and the greater Seattle community, including community partners in educational, cultural, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations.

Public Scholarship is a capacious category. It includes diverse forms of creating, transforming, or disseminating knowledge about, for, and with various publics and communities. Projects may yield plural public and academic artifacts (e.g. policy and planning recommendations; museum exhibitions and public performances; new curricula for courses or workshops; or book and journal articles).

The Simpson Center encourages Public Scholarship projects at all stages of development, from small-scale pilot partnerships to large-scale collaborations.

Previously funded examples include the following:

Defining or Preferred Criteria:
Proposals will be evaluated for their intended outcomes and potential to contribute to scholarship, along with their fidelity to the values that underwrite authentic forms of collaboration and partnership: relationship-building, reciprocity, and mutual benefit; participation, transparency, and reflection; innovation, integration, and dialogue; cultural diversity and social equality.

Terms of the Award:
Awards of financial and administrative support vary according to requests and needs.  Funded requests have ranged between $1,000 and $15,000). 

Application materials

  • Proposal Narratives (limited to 8 pages) should address:
  1. the project goals
  2. participating persons or organizations
  3. activities to be funded
  4. anticipated outcomes
  5. significance to scholarship and to other audiences or stakeholders; contributions to research, education, and/or community development.
  • Budget should detail anticipated expenses. (e.g. stipends or honoraria, travel, accommodations, curricular or promotional materials, hospitality, and facilities rentals) as applicable, as well as other confirmed and anticipated sources of support.
  • CV.  Include organizer(s) curriculum vita(e). Limited to 5 pages per organizer.

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Public Scholarship /
Community Engagement