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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Emergency Resources for Faculty and Students

In keeping with our mission of connecting people across the College of Arts & Sciences and beyond, we've gathered together resources from across and beyond the UW, from emergency funds for adjunct faculty and undocumented folks to departmental and community resource pages, as well as reading lists and open access materials.

If you would like to have a resource added to this list, please send your links to our Communications Manager at

Emergency Resources for Faculty

  • The Modern Language Association has an emergency grant program to help part-time faculty members who’ve been hard hit by the outbreak. The $500 grants will be awarded by lottery. Application deadline is May 1. 
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities received $75 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions and humanists affected by the coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan. Visit their FAQ Page about Funding for NEH Applicants and Grantees Impacted by the Coronavirus for more information.

Emergency Resources for Students 

  • Cinema and Media Studies, "Covid-19 Related Resources" (for both students and faculty)
  • English Department, “Community Resources for Students” 
  • The Graduate School Emergency aid and resources available to undergraduate and graduate students at all three UW campuses
  • History Department, “Student Resources in a Time of Need
  • In response to the global health crisis, the Institute for Humane Studies is accepting a second round of applications for summer Humane Studies Fellowships for currently enrolled graduate students whose 2020 summer plans may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note per correspondence with the Institute: the awards for this very special round of funding will be up to $5000. The deadline is April 30.
  • The Mellon Foundation announced a $4 million grant to American Indian College Fund in support of Native American students whose educational progress has been impacted by Covid-19.
  • The Provost’s “Facts and information regarding spring quarter 2020” is a comprehensive FAQ about everything from student veterans and housing concerns to disability services and sexual misconduct prevention. 
  • Scandinavian Studies, “Emergency Resources for Students 
  • The Washington Dream Coalition (WDC), in partnership with Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, and Scholarship Junkies, is fundraising to provide financial relief to undocumented individuals in Washington State. Donate or apply for funds.

Reading Lists and Open-Access Archives  

  • Duke University Press has created a “Care in Uncertain Times Syllabus,” full of books & articles about caring for one another and ourselves. All content is free through June.
  • This Crowd-Sourced Humanities Coronavirus Reading List focuses on literary, historical, philosophical/religious, and cultural aspects of the current health crisis and its history. 
  • The Politics of Covid-19: A Reading List is organized according to topics ranging from neoliberalism and democracy to technology and welfare. It includes readings, podcasts, and videos in a number of languages.
  • The National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

Online Teaching Resources for Instructors and Students

How You Can Help

  • The “Together We Will” page lists a number of areas in which the UW and Seattle community are seeking support, from PPE donations for UW medical staff and donations for emergency funds to support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as requests from other local nonprofits.

Other Resources

  • Bo Zhao, an Assistant Professor of Geography, has been developing a live interactive map of the spread of the infection. You can read more about it here.
  • Seattle’s Human Services Department is maintaining an online map of food resources during the coronavirus crisis. The interactive map shows the locations of food banks, senior meal sites, public school student to-go meal sites and some other resources. For each site, the map includes available information eligibility and hours, plus other details.