Graduate Research Clusters

Spring funding round only.

Description: 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 (limit 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.