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

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.

Research Support for Major External Fellowship Awards


In recognition of the excellence in humanities scholarship that a fellowship award from a major national organization indicates, the Simpson Center is launching special support for faculty who are selected for these highly competitive fellowships from the organizations below.


UW tenure-track faculty at all ranks who have been formally awarded the following fellowships:

  • ACLS Fellowships (does not include ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships, Scholars and Society Fellowships, etc.)
  • NEH Fellowships (does not include NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication or Summer Stipends)
  • Guggenheim Fellowships


This funding will be extended to all faculty who receive these fellowships, without further review by the Simpson Center Executive Board.

Terms of Award

Research funds of $5000, to be processed through the reimbursement of research-related expenses and travel. Funds must be used within the twelve-month period of the award, with a deadline for all reimbursement requests to be submitted to the Simpson Center no later than one month before the end of the twelve-month term.

Application Materials

Please forward your notice of award to our Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga.