Support + Funding

For Graduate Students

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The Simpson Center provides financial and administrative support for graduate students to pursue crossdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement projects. We support a wide range of activities, including fellowships and graduate research clusters.

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 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.

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We encourage applicants to meet with us before submitting a proposal. To schedule a meeting, contact Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga.


Society of Scholars Graduate Fellowship

3 awards granted each year. Applications considered in fall funding round only.

Note: applications received during the fall 2021 funding round will also be considered for a separate Society of Scholars dissertation fellowship cohort to be convened in the summer of 2022. All applications will be considered for the full academic-year fellowship for 2022-2023 (unless the applicant specifies a desire to be considered only for the summer fellowship). Those applications not selected for the academic-year fellowship term will then be considered for summer support. The result will be two different cohorts of students, one in the academic year and another in the summer. Applicants do not need to provide any additional materials to be considered for this opportunity.

See below for more information. Please direct any questions to Rachel Arteaga, Simpson Center Assistant Director, at


UW doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy by submittal date and who will receive no other funding during the term of the award. Residency during the fellowship term is required for participation in the Society of Scholars. Please contact the Simpson Center if you have questions about your eligibility.


Graduate Fellowships support dissertating doctoral students in writing up and sharing their individual research in the multidisciplinary, bi-weekly forum of the Society of Scholars. 


Awards will be based on the scholarly merit of the individual applications. Scholarship likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of colleagues especially encouraged.

Terms of Award

Graduate research fellows of the Society of Scholars receive two quarters of support, including benefits and tuition waivers.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit: 1,750 words (approximately six double-spaced pages). Proposal narratives should describe the research project in language clear to non-specialists in the field. Narratives should address:
  1. Objectives
  2. Significance (to the scholarship in and outside the field)
  3. Methodology
  4. Timeline (progress to date; what will be accomplished in the fellowship year)
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words. Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
  • CV. Please limit to five pages.
  • Letter of Support: Request a letter of support from your dissertation advisor. The letter must address your eligibility for the award and the feasibility of your proposal’s timeline.
  • NO BUDGET should be entered or attached. Applicants should enter 0 into the "Budget amount" field in the Proposal Information form.

Terms of Award: Summer Support

The explicit intent of this support is to allow fellows to devote themselves fulltime to research during the summer. Fellows must devote a minimum of six weeks to focused work on their dissertation, with no competing demands of teaching or other paid work. Fellows will meet weekly with other members of the Summer Society of Scholars to discuss their work and move their projects forward. The fellowship carries an award of $7500, with no benefits or tuition.

Funding is dependent on resources being available. Applicants selected for this summer fellowship will be notified by January 1, 2022.