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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 (closed)

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Application Instructions

Fall Funding Round 2022 is now closed. Thank you for your time and effort in perparing your proposals.

Special Funding Round CFP:

We open for the special funding category of Second and Third Book Fellowships on January 10, 2023. Applications are due on February 17, 2023. For the funding category description, eligibility, and application instructions, please navigate to right side of this page and click on "Second and Third Book Fellowships" under "Special Category: Book Fellowships."

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Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship

4 awards granted each year. Applications considered in fall funding round only. Note: graduate students who are interested in the Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship and the Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public Fellowship may only apply for one of these opportunities in any given funding round.


UW tenure-track faculty at all ranks; faculty who have already received digital humanities fellowships may apply again to continue work in the digital humanities.


Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. We have, in addition, expanded our call for proposals to include projects focused on digital humanities pedagogy. Joint applications for collaborative projects are encouraged. This may take the form of two faculty members working together, each with a full fellowship, or one faculty member and one doctoral student working together, each with a full fellowship. Faculty members are also encouraged to include short-term collaborators or consultants in adjacent fields, such as instructional design, information science, and digital preservation. 

We are interested in projects that address the goal of incorporating digital humanities skills and methods into graduate and undergraduate education. This work might be undertaken at the level of a dynamic reimagining of a single course, or instructional innovation within a program or department—or across them. At the doctoral level, this might take the form of a new graduate seminar with strong digital humanities components, the development of a workshop series for doctoral students to sharpen their DH skills, a rigorous exploration of digital dissertation formats, or something else.   

Our purpose is to help introduce and diffuse creative uses of digital technologies in our courses and curricula across the humanities and humanistic social sciences. How might digital platforms and other tools be deployed in your courses for exploring and creating online archives and exhibits, timelines and visualizations, mapping, and multi-modal storytelling and research, including podcasts? Omeka? Scalar? Tableau Public, Manifold? What use might students of textual editing make of the text-encoding initiative and new modes of publication? 


Awards are based predominantly on the scholarly merit of the applications as well as the level of preparation demonstrated by applicants to undertake and complete the project. Projects do not necessarily have to be completed during the summer fellowship term.

Terms of Award

Each awardee will receive $10,000  in summer salary (plus benefits).

Faculty are encouraged to request additional project support of up to $5,000 total in two broad categories: collaborators and digital tools. Requests for collaborators (research, design, programming, etc.) may include salary, stipends, honoraria, and hourly support for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, off-campus consultants, etc., as well as funds to facilitate meetings between geographically distributed collaborators. We especially encourage fellows who are focusing on pedagogy to develop collaborations with faculty in the Information School and Human Centered Design & Engineering, and instructional designers in the UW Continuum College and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Request for digital tools may include hardware, software, licensing agreements, etc.). With regard to digital tools, it is required that major hardware remain in the Simpson Center.

A budget and a rationale for these expenses must be included in the proposal.

Summer Residency

Participation in the 6 to 8 weekly late afternoon meetings of the Digital Humanities Commons is an expectation of the program; this fellowship is not appropriate for those whose projects require time away from the university in the summer. 

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit 1,750 words (approximately 6 double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should describe the project in language clear to non-specialists in their scholarly field. All narratives should address:
    • Intellectual ambitions and objectives of the project
    • Methodology/ies engaged
    • Timeline (anticipated date/quarter of launch or instruction )
    • Preparation to undertake the project if the applicant will be using digital tools*    
    • The sustainability of the project: presentation, dissemination, and preservation of the project
    • Pertinent intellectual property issues, with bearing on who will have rights and/or access to the knowledge/products generated by the project.
  • Additionally, narratives for pedagogy-focused projects should address:
    • Pedagogical significance and contribution to the field through student learning; anticipated student outcomes
    • Preparation to effectively teach using digital tools
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words. Select primary and secondary sources that will form the basis of your syllabus or instructional framework.
  • CV. Please limit to three pages.
  • Letter of Support. Limit one, from a colleague knowledgeable about your field of research.
  • Budget and Budget Rationale for Collaborators and for Digital Tools. The proposed budget should be accompanied by a rationale for individual items and a note on their priority, detailing the highest to the lowest priority. 

*Please detail your level of competency and experience with the digital tools and platforms cited in your proposal. If you do not have existing competency or experience with the proposed tools, please outline your plans for how you will develop sufficient competency. If uncertain about where or how to develop the required skills, we encourage applicants to email the OSC in the UW Libraries to set up a consultation appointment before applying.