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 2022 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.

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

Colloquia and Conferences

Applications accepted for both fall and spring funding rounds.

Funding supports crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary symposia, colloquia, and conferences of various scales (working conferences, international research conferences, etc.)Topics should be of interest to scholars across two or more disciplines.


Proposals must be submitted and led by a UW tenure-track faculty member (all ranks). Teaching professors at all ranks and graduate students may participate on conference organizing committees but may not serve as primary organizers. For more information, please contact the Simpson Center.


Interdepartmental organization and support encouraged. Incorporation of a humanities seminar or course—in particular at the graduate level—to precede or coincide with conferences or colloquia is also valued.

Meetings of a regional, national, or international scholarly association at the UW will be considered but are not a first priority for funding. The Simpson Center is not equipped to administer such large-scale gatherings; proposals should indicate significant support and commitment from other sources.

Terms of Award

Awards of financial and administrative support vary according to requests and needs. Typically requests and awards range between $6,000 and $15,000. Additionally, a research budget in the amount of $1,500 may be awarded to the principal investigator when substantial organizational work or extra teaching is required. Including plans for a humanities seminar or course—in particular at the graduate level—to precede or coincide with conferences or colloquia is also valued.   

Meeting Before Applying

We recommend that those applying for conference funding consult with the Simpson Center in advance of the application deadline.

Application Materials

1. Proposal Narratives (limit 8 pages) should address:

  • The significance of the subject of the conference or colloquium series
  • Activities to be funded (including when and where they will take place)
  • Participating persons or organizations (if professional organizations or other units are involved, specify the administrative support they will provide)
  • Audience and promotion/outreach plans
  • Anticipated results (e.g., publication)

2. Budget should detail anticipated expenses (e.g. stipends or honoraria, travel, accommodations, promotional materials, postage, student assistance, hospitality, and facility rentals), as well as other confirmed and anticipated sources of support.

3. C.V.: Include organizer(s) curriculum vita(e). Limit five pages per organizer.