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Simpson Center for the Humanities

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 must be submitted and led by a UW tenure-track faculty member (all ranks). Lecturers and graduate students may participate on conference organizing committees but may not serve as primary organizers. For more information, please contact the Simpson Center.


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.

Meetings of a regional, national, or international scholarly association at the UW will be considered but are not a first priority for funding. The Simpson Center is not equipped to administer such large-scale gatherings; proposals should indicate significant support and commitment from other sources.

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. Including plans for a humanities seminar or course—in particular at the graduate level—to precede or coincide with conferences or colloquia is also valued.   

Meeting Before Applying

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, student assistance, hospitality, and facility rentals), as well as other confirmed and anticipated sources of support.

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

Learn more about Colloquia and Conferences.