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Simpson Center for the Humanities

2020 Fall Funding Round Application Deadline: November 6, 2020

This year’s Fall Funding Round opens on October 5. Funding covers the term July 2021-June 2022. The deadline for all Fall Funding Round applications is Friday, November 6.

This fall, the Simpson Center will accept applications for the following funding categories (please note that, while the Simpson Center accepts grant application in both the fall and spring quarters, some of these categories are only open in the fall round):


  • Summer Digital Humanities Fellowships support four faculty and four doctoral students pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. We have expanded our call for proposals to include projects focused on digital humanities pedagogy. We are interested in projects that address the goal of incorporating digital humanities skills and methods into graduate and undergraduate education. *Fall submission only
  • Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public Summer Fellowships – these new fellowships provide summer support for doctoral students in the humanities, broadly speaking, to pursue public-facing projects in their areas of study and practice. Collaborative projects are encouraged. The fellowship carries an award of $6000, with no benefits or tuition.
  • Society of Scholars Research Fellowships – The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community in which eight faculty and three doctoral students from across disciplines in the humanities and interpretive social sciences contribute to and learn from one another’s work in bi-weekly meetings throughout the academic year. *Fall submission only
  • Summer Society of Scholars Research Fellowships – doctoral students who submit applications during the fall 2020 funding round to the Society of Scholars Research Fellowship category will also be considered for a separate dissertation fellowship cohort to be convened in the summer of 2021. Applicants do not need to provide any additional materials to be considered for this opportunity.

Collaborative projects:

  • Collaboration Studio Grants furnish UW faculty groups with summer salary support to catalyze, deepen, or reconfigure crossdisciplinary research and facilitate publication. *Fall submission only
  • Colloquia and Conferences range from speaker series to international research or working conferences, and are selected for support based on their crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus.
  • Video Conferences & Colloquia (a new funding category) will support crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary symposia, colloquia, and conferences of various scales (working conferences, international research conferences, etc.) in digital formats.
  • Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters aim to seed new collaborations between faculty and graduate students who share research interests.
  • Large-scale Collaborations fund extended, crossdisciplinary collaborative projects which are often aligned with Simpson Center initiatives.
  • The Research Methods Exploration Award supports research projects of a faculty member that would benefit from cross-disciplinary engagement with a faculty member in another field.

Lecture Nominations:

  • Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities- 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. Nominees should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities, and their work should appeal to a broad audience—faculty, students, and the general public. *Fall submission only

For more information on each of these categories, including a detailed description and list of application requirements, materials, and instructions, see Apply for Support. For further questions, please contact our Assistant Director, Rachel Arteaga.