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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Apply for Support

The Simpson Center provides financial and administrative support for crossdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement projects. We support 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.

Before You Apply

We encourage applicants to meet with us before submitting a proposal. To schedule a meeting, contact Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga.

For collaborative projects, please see the additional information below.

How to Apply

See individual funding categories for details on submission guidelines.


Grants for the Society of Scholars, Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships, and other fellowships are reviewed in the fall round only.

Collaborative Projects 

These include colloquia and conferences, collaboration studio grants (fall round only), and interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations at all scales.

Katz Distinguished Lecturers 

Lectureship nominations are reviewed in the fall funding round.

Co-Sponsored Events

Faculty may request small, discretionary grants (max. $750) to support opportunities such as visiting lecturers and conferences. Applications are accepted throughout the year and do not go through Executive Board review.