For Graduate Students

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The Simpson Center provides financial and administrative support for crossdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement projects. We support a wide range of activities, including fellowships, cross-departmental research groups, scholarly conferences and symposia, community-engaged collaborations, and other projects.

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Fall 2023: Open September 27, 2023 | Due November 10, 2023
Review the categories below for information on how to apply.

Graduate Research Clusters

Applications accepted in Spring funding round only.

Important Dates

Application Dates
Opens: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Due: Friday, April 7, 2023

Funding Term
Starts: Saturday, July 1, 2023
Ends: Sunday, June 30, 2024


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, public humanities programming, and other activities.

Terms of Award

Funding is limited to $1,000, primarily intended to support meeting or workshop costs (e.g. refreshments). Research clusters must be led by at least two graduate students from different departments, and groups must consist of at least 5 confirmed participants (leaders can be included in this total) at the time of application. In general, the inclusion of participants from multiple departments or academic units is the preferred model for GRCs, as it reflects the Simpson Center's commitment to crossdisciplinary research in the humanities.

Research clusters may organize activities that draw on local intellectual and cultural resources, including faculty and community leaders, and may invite speakers from beyond our campus and immediate geographical area to give talks remotely via Zoom. Research clusters may use a portion of their funds to organize a specific activity in coordination with Simpson Center or other campus programming, such as a major faculty-led conference at the University of Washington, but clusters are not intended to support visiting speakers on their own resources alone.

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

Application Instructions

Submit your proposal using the application form. When you submit, attach the below materials as a single, bundled .pdf:

    • Proposal Narrative. Proposal narratives should be a maximum of five pages and should address:
      1. The focus of inquiry and its significance
      2. Activities to be funded
      3. Participating persons
      4. Outreach plans, as applicable
    • Budget. Outline anticipated expenses. If you have questions about building your budget, contact Julie Stoverink at
    • CV. Submit a CV for primary project liaison only. Please limit CV to five pages. Other participants may be represented in short bios.

    See examples of Graduate Research Clusters.