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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Society of Scholars Graduate Fellowship

3 awards granted each year. Applications considered in fall funding round only.


UW doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy by submittal date and who will receive no other funding during the term of the award. Residency during the fellowship term is required for participation in the Society of Scholars. Please contact the Simpson Center if you have questions about your eligibility.


Graduate Fellowships support dissertating doctoral students in writing up and sharing their individual research in the multidisciplinary, bi-weekly forum of the Society of Scholars. 


Awards will be based on the scholarly merit of the individual applications. Scholarship likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of colleagues especially encouraged.

Terms of Award

Graduate research fellows of the Society of Scholars receive two quarters of support, including benefits and tuition waivers.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit: 1,750 words (approximately six double-spaced pages). Proposal narratives should describe the research project in language clear to non-specialists in the field. Narratives should address:
  1. Objectives
  2. Significance (to the scholarship in and outside the field)
  3. Methodology
  4. Timeline (progress to date; what will be accomplished in the fellowship year)
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words. Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
  • CV. Please limit to five pages.
  • Letter of Support: Request a letter of support from your dissertation advisor. The letter must address your eligibility for the award and the feasibility of your proposal’s timeline.
  • NO BUDGET should be entered or attached. Applicants should ignore the "Budget amount" field in the Proposal Information form.

Learn more about Society of Scholars.