For Faculty

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The Simpson Center administers two funding rounds per year, in Fall and Spring Quarters. Both fall and spring rounds support funding for the following year. Currently, we are accepting proposals for themed faculty summer fellowships, through a special funding round.

Current and Upcoming Opportunities

Special Funding: Open January 10, 2024 | Due March 1, 2024
Spring Funding: Open March 5, 2024 | Due April 5, 2024

The next fall funding round opens in October 2024 and closes in November 2024

Co-sponsored Community Events

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Grants in the range of $200-$500 may be given to support co-sponsored community events that include UW tenure-track faculty, teaching faculty, or graduate students speaking at or otherwise collaborating with cultural institutions in Seattle and the surrounding areas. These venues may include museums, galleries, nonprofits in the arts, social equity and social justice, and other organizations benefiting the community and enhancing its intellectual and artistic vibrancy. Applicants for co-sponsorship are eligible to request use of the Simpson Center’s Zoom Webinar platform, and YouTube hosting.

Scheduling note: The Simpson Center does not co-sponsor events that conflict with other events we are supporting.

Application Instructions

Letters requesting co-sponsorship funds should be sent by a UW faculty member and should:

  • Describe the event
  • List the event date and time, and whether this will be an in-person or remote
  • Link to any relevant speakers, or organizations
  • Specify how much is being requested and how the funds will be used
  • State how the UW and the Seattle community will benefit
  • If requesting use of Zoom Webinar platform, explain the specific need for this platform (as opposed to, for example, the zoom meeting platform).
  • If requesting YouTube Hosting, state how a recording of this event will be of enduring value for both a public audience and graduate or undergraduate education.

Submit letters to Program & Events Manager Caitlin Palo at

There is no deadline for co-sponsorship requests. Funding allocations begin each July, and requests later in the year may find that funds are unavailable.