Support + Funding
For Graduate Students
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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The Simpson Center administers two funding rounds per year, in Fall and Spring Quarters. Both fall and spring rounds support the same funding term, July through June of the following year. Grant applications are reviewed and selected for support by the Simpson Center Executive Board. 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.
Applications for fellowship opportunities are accepted only in the Fall, while applications for Graduate Research Clusters are accepted only in the Spring.
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.
Fellowships (Fall Only)
Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship - supports UW doctoral students whose projects use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. We have expanded our call for proposals to also include projects focused on digital humanities pedagogy.
Society of Scholars Fellowship - The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community in which eight faculty and three doctoral candidates from across disciplines in the humanities and interpretive social sciences contribute to and learn from one another’s work in bi-weekly meetings throughout the academic year.
Summer Society of Scholars Fellowship - The Summer Society of Scholars is an intellectual community in which a small group of doctoral candidates from across disciplines in the humanities and interpretive social sciences contribute to and learn from one another’s work in weekly meetings throughout the summer term. Applications for this fellowship are reviewed through the same process, and on the same timeline, as the Society of Scholars Graduate Fellowship in the fall.
Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public - supports doctoral students in the humanities, broadly speaking, to pursue public-facing projects in their areas of study and practice. Collaborative projects are encouraged. Recipients of this fellowship will each receive a stipend of $6,000.
Graduate Research Clusters (Spring Only)
Graduate Research Clusters (formerly Graduate Interest Groups) foster crossdisciplinary collaboration and inquiry among graduate students in the form of cross-departmental reading, screening, and/or discussion groups, dissertation working groups, public humanities programming, and other activities.
Terms of Award
Funding is limited to $1,000, primarily intended to support meeting or workshop costs (e.g. refreshments). Research clusters must be led by at least two graduate students from different departments, and groups must consist of at least 5 confirmed participants (leaders can be included in this total) at the time of application. In general, the inclusion of participants from multiple departments or academic units is the preferred model for GRCs, as it reflects the Simpson Center's commitment to crossdisciplinary research in the humanities.
Research clusters may organize activities that draw on local intellectual and cultural resources, including faculty and community leaders, and may invite speakers from beyond our campus and immediate geographical area to give talks remotely via Zoom. Research clusters may use a portion of their funds to organize a specific activity in coordination with Simpson Center or other campus programming, such as a major faculty-led conference at the University of Washington, but clusters are not intended to support visiting speakers on their own resources alone.
The Simpson Center will provide a web presence for each research cluster, an archive for significant activities and documents generated by the group, publicity for events, and scheduling privileges for Simpson Center space.
- Proposal Narrative (maximum five pages) should address:
- the focus of inquiry and its significance
- activities to be funded
- participating persons
- outreach plans, as applicable
- Budget should outline anticipated expenses.
- C.V. (limited to five pages) for the primary project liaison only. Others participants may be represented in short bios.