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.

Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship in the Humanities

Fall funding round.

The Simpson Center annually invites nominations of UW faculty and visiting scholars for the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship and Professorship in the Humanities. Nominees should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities. 


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.

Visiting scholars may be nominated for residencies of one week (Katz Lectureship) or one quarter (Katz Professorship). Visiting scholars give a public Katz lecture as well as seminars for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.


Nominee should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities. Katz Lectures should appeal to a broad audience—faculty, students, and the general public. Visiting scholars' amplitude of thought, crossdisciplinary interests, and ability to contribute to ongoing programs and emerging areas at the graduate level are highly desirable. We encourage nominations of distinguished figures from non-western countries.

Responsibilities of Nominating Faculty Members

Those nominating visiting Katz Lecturers or Professors are expected to participate in the Katz visit as faculty hosts and to assist the Simpson Center in planning the visit, including meals with other faculty, class visits, and community connections.

Learn more about the Katz Distinguished Lecture Series.

How to Nominate a Speaker

  1. Compose a letter of nomination that addresses to the nominee’s suitability for the Katz Lectureship/Professorship and the significance of their intellectual contributions, together with a biographical sketch or C.V. Letters may be co-written or co-signed, or letters of support from additional departments may be appended.
  2. Bundle the nomination materials into a single PDF (preferred) or Word file. Name your file [Your last name]-[Nominee’s Name]
  3. Complete the proposal information form (see Fall 2021 Funding Round Application Instructions). You will be prompted to upload your proposal at the end of the form.

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