The Simpson Center for the Humanities biannually invites proposals from doctoral students in the humanities to pursue public-facing projects in their areas of study and practice. Our inaugural cohort of fellows met throughout the summer of 2021, with the next cohort to be selected every other fall. The fellowship builds on the Simpson Center’s longstanding commitment to public scholarship and furthers the groundbreaking work undertaken by University of Washington faculty, doctoral students, and their community partners in the Simpson Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics initiative (2015-2022). Composed of five to six doctoral students, fellowship cohorts meet weekly throughout the summer to discuss their research in progress. Collaborative projects are encouraged and recipients of this fellowship each receive a stipend of $6,000.
The University of Washington faculty recipients of the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public are key to this biannual fellowship. A holder of the prize leads an opening workshop session for the Barclay Simpson Scholars, offering guidance and feedback on student projects. Barclay Simpson Scholars learn from the work of these exemplary members of our faculty, meet together as a cohort over the summer to share their own work with one another, and are connected to a robust network of Simpson Center affiliated, publicly engaged faculty and graduate students from many disciplines across our campus.
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