Support + Funding

For Faculty

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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.

Application procedures and timetables vary by category. We have two annual  funding rounds, in the fall and spring. Both the fall and spring rounds support the same funding term, July through June of the following year. The Simpson Center Executive Board reviews and selects grant applications. Proposed projects should be led by UW faculty and/or graduate students, require $1,000 or more in funding, and be planned for the subsequent academic year.

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Fall 2021 Funding Round

For funding term -
Applications open: Applications due:
Application Instructions

 

  1. Bundle your proposal into a single PDF. Name your file "[Your last name]-[Project Title]."
  2. Complete the proposal information form. You will be prompted to upload your proposal at the end of the form.
  3. If your proposal requires a letter of support, request that the letter be sent to the Simpson Center directly at schadmin@uw.edu.

See individual funding categories for details on submission guidelines.

FALL FUNDING ROUND CLOSED. For notification when our Spring Funding Round opens, subscribe to our newsletter.

 

We encourage applicants to meet with us before submitting a proposal. To schedule a meeting, contact Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga. To discuss Co-Sponsored Events, contact Program and Events Manager Caitlin Palo.

Note: Co-Sponsored Events and Barclay Simpson Prize Nominations do not fall within our Fall and Spring Funding Category deadlines. To learn more, please refer to the full descriptions for Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public, Co-Sponsored UW Events, and Co-Sponsored Community Events. The best way to stay updated on deadlines for funding opportunities is to subscribe to our newsletter, where we announce when funding opportunities open and close.

Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public

Eligibility

We encourage the nomination of faculty from humanities and social sciences departments who have been immersed in excellent and intellectually challenging project-based public scholarship and have written about it for an academic audience or a public audience, expanding the impact of the work.

Nominations will open in Winter 2023 for the 2023 prize. Subscribe to our newsletter for date notifications and updated guidelines.

Description

The Simpson Center for the Humanities biannually invites nominations of UW faculty for the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public, which carries an award of $10,000. The award honors Barclay Simpson’s transformative gift in endowing the Simpson Center in memory of his father and highlights one of the center’s core missions: to foster the humanities as a public good. We encourage the nomination of faculty from humanities and social sciences departments who have been immersed in excellent and intellectually challenging project-based public scholarship and have written about it for an academic audience or a public audience, expanding the impact of the work. Prize winners also contribute to the development of public scholarship at the UW by leading an opening workshop session for the Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public Summer Fellows, offering guidance and feedback on student projects. ​​

The four faculty members who have thus far been awarded the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public attest to the rich variety of meaningful public scholarship that is taking place at the University of Washington:

  • 2015: Jim Gregory (History), on the history of the civil rights and labor movements in Seattle
  • 2017: Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), on Latinx artists’ contributions to American popular music, and
  • 2019: Gillian Harkins (English), on education in prison.
  • 2021: Ralina Joseph (Communication), on “Interrupting Privilege” and intergenerational antiracism dialogues

Nominations will open in Winter 2023 for the 2023 prize. Subscribe to our newsletter for date notifications and updated guidelines.

Terms of Award

Prize winners contribute to the development of public scholarship at the University of Washington by leading an opening workshop session for the Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public Summer Fellows. This includes offering guidance and feedback on student projects for that summer’s cohort.

Nominations will open in Winter 2023 for the 2023 prize. Subscribe to our newsletter for date notifications and updated guidelines.

Nomination Materials

Nominating letters by members of the University of Washington faculty should include a description of the public scholarship work undertaken by the faculty member and an evaluation of its influence, which may include serving as an imaginative model for other scholars in public. Letters of nomination should not be more than two single-spaced pages long. Nominations may be accompanied by two additional one-page letters of support. Please direct any questions, and submit your nomination and accompanying letters of support via email attachment in a single document as an Adobe PDF to: Rachel Arteaga, Simpson Center Assistant Director, at rarteaga@uw.edu.

Nominations will open in Winter 2023 for the 2023 prize. Subscribe to our newsletter for date notifications and updated guidelines.