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

Application Instructions

  1. Bundle your proposal into a single PDF. Name your file "[Your last name]-[Project Title]."
  2. Complete the proposal information form (available after October 25, 2021), you will be prompted to upload your proposal at the end of the form.

See individual funding categories for details on submission guidelines.

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


We encourage applicants to meet with us before submitting a proposal. To schedule a meeting, and to request examples of successful proposals in various funding categories, contact Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga

Tips for Effective Proposal Writing

The Simpson Center eagerly invites project proposals that support our goals of crossdisciplinary exchange and scholarship at the leading edge of change. We hope the following will be helpful in drafting your proposal.

Scope and Context

  • Describe your project in language clear to academic non-specialists—that is, for a broad, crossdisciplinary group of reviewers in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • What are the intellectual ambitions of the project? What are the research questions around which the project revolves?
  • Explain the topic of research within a broader context: What is its contribution to your scholarly field, to larger issues, or to society at large? Describe the intellectual significance and the value of the project.
  • What has been done thus far to address the question, and how does your approach fit into that? What will be your methodology?
  • What research interests and skills do you and other team members bring to the project?


  • What is the timeline for the project? Will there be different phases to the project? What will be accomplished in the timeframe of the grant?
  • What project components will require funding? Your budget should detail expenses as clearly as possible.
  • How much money are you requesting from the Simpson Center, and how much have you requested from other sources?


  • What impact will your project have? What will be the results of your project? 
  • How will the project benefit the UW? Will the project provide any opportunities for graduate or undergraduate students?
  • Is there a public dimension to the project? Will it address or benefit the broader public?
  • For public projects, describe the audiences, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • For digital projects, identify the platforms and tools to be used and address the issues of access and preservation.