Crossdisciplinary Exploration Award

Applications accepted for both fall and spring funding rounds.

Crossdisciplinary Exploration Awards support research projects that would benefit from crossdisciplinary engagement between faculty doing research in different fields. These awards encourage faculty to establish relationships outside their departments or schools in order to broaden their intellectual communities and explore ideas and practices beyond their disciplines.

Crossdisciplinary partnerships might include, for example, an applicant from the English department specializing in literature of the Anthropocene who wishes to acquire knowledge of field research methods by working with a faculty member in Environmental Science and Resource Management.  An applicant specializing in Renaissance music may seek out collaboration with a faculty of DxARTs on digital innovation. An art historian might work with an anthropologist to add ethnography to their repertoire of research methods. A cultural studies scholar might seek guidance in articulating a project informed by participatory action research methods with guidance from a faculty member in Global Health.

Faculty consultants may contribute guidance and expertise in any number of ways: through opening labs for observation, providing research guidance in a new field, meeting for ongoing conversation, engaging in collaborative writing, or in other modes suitable to the goals of the faculty applicant. We expect that crossdisciplinary exploration will be particularly useful to newly tenured faculty as they consider directions for second books or new projects.  


Applicants: Must be UW faculty at the rank of Associate or Full Professor who are working on a humanities-related topic.

Faculty consultant: May be UW faculty at any rank, in disciplines, departments, or fields other than the applicant’s.

Terms of Award

  • Applicant: This award confers no additional release time or funding for the applicant.
  • Faculty consultant: This award provides honorary compensation in the amount of $2,000 for the faculty consultant.

Application Materials

  • Proposal narrative by applicant: Limit 500 words. Describe your research project in language clear to non-specialists. Describe what the faculty consultant can contribute to your project.
  • (2) C.V.s
    • Applicant’s curriculum vita (limited to 3 pages)
    • Faculty consultant’s curriculum vita (limited to 3 pages)
  • Statement of commitment by faculty consultant: Applicants should include a letter from the proposed faculty consultant that outlines the consultant’s understanding of the applicant’s project and their specific intellectual contribution to its development.


Crossdisciplinary Exploration Award

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