Graduate Research Clusters

Spring funding round only.

Graduate Research Clusters (formerly Graduate Interest Groups) foster crossdisciplinary collaboration and inquiry among graduate students in the form of cross-departmental reading, screening, and/or discussion groups, dissertation working groups, and other activities. Research clusters may organize activities that draw on local intellectual and cultural resources, including faculty and community leaders.

Terms of Award

Funding is limited to $1,000, primarily intended to support meeting or workshop costs (e.g. refreshments or reproductions).

The Simpson Center will provide a web presence for the project, an archive for significant activities and documents generated by the group, and scheduling privileges for Simpson Center space.

Research clusters may use a portion of their funds to co-sponsor a visiting speaker organized by another campus unit or the Simpson Center, or to organize a specific activity in coordination with such a visit. Clusters are not intended to a support visiting speakers on their own resources alone.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narratives (maximum five pages) should address:
    1. the focus of inquiry and its significance
    2. activities to be funded
    3. participating persons
    4. outreach plans, as applicable
  • Budgets should outline anticipated expenses.  See restrictions above.
  • C.V. (limited to five pages) for the primary project liaison only. Others participants may be represented in short bios.

Learn more about Graduate Research Clusters.