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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. 


Upcoming Opportunities

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

Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship in the Humanities

Nominations accepted in fall funding round only.


The Simpson Center annually invites nominations of UW faculty and visiting scholars for the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship and Professorship in the Humanities. Nominees should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities. 

The Solomon Katz Endowment in the Humanities supports up to three lectures each academic year: one by a member of the UW faculty and two by visiting scholars.

Visiting scholars may be nominated for residencies of one week (Katz Lectureship) or one quarter (Katz Professorship). Visiting scholars give a public Katz lecture as well as seminars for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.


Nominee should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities. Katz Lectures should appeal to a broad audience—faculty, students, and the general public. Visiting scholars' amplitude of thought, crossdisciplinary interests, and ability to contribute to ongoing programs and emerging areas at the graduate level are highly desirable. We encourage nominations of distinguished figures from non-western countries.

Responsibilities of Nominating Faculty Members

Those nominating visiting Katz Lecturers or Professors are expected to participate in the Katz visit as faculty hosts and to assist the Simpson Center in planning the visit, including meals with other faculty, class visits, and community connections.

Learn more about the Katz Distinguished Lecture Series.

Application Instructions

Complete the Application Form. Upload to the form as a single, bundled .pdf the below materials:

      • Letter of Nomination. Letters may be co-written or co-signed, or letters of support from additional departments may be appended. Bundle the nomination materials into a single PDF (preferred) or Word file. Name your file [Your last name]-[Nominee’s Name]. Letter of nomination should address:
        1. Nominee’s suitability for the Katz Lectureship/Professorship
        2. The significance of the nominee's intellectual contributions
        3. A biographical sketch or CV.
      • Proposal Form. Complete the proposal information form (the form will be available during the fall funding round). You will be prompted to upload your proposal at the end of the form.

      We encourage applicants to meet with us before submitting a proposal. To schedule a meeting, contact Associate Director Rachel Arteaga.