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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 schadmin@uw.edu.

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.

Society of Scholars Faculty Fellowship

8 awards granted each year. Applications considered in fall funding round only.

Eligibility

UW tenure-track faculty (all ranks)

  • Assistant professors must have served for at least one year (not including acting or visiting assistant professorships) before their application.
  • Faculty who have held a Society of Scholars fellowship are eligible to apply again after three years.
  • While we encourage applicants to other funding categories to meet with us before submitting a proposal, this is typically not necessary for faculty applicants to the Society of Scholars. For questions regarding this fellowship program, including matters of eligibility, or to request example proposals for review, please contact Associate Director Rachel Arteaga.

Description

Faculty Fellowships support faculty in pursuing their projects of research and sharing their individual research in the multidisciplinary, bi-weekly forum of the Society of Scholars.

Criteria

Awards are based on the scholarly merit of the individual applications. Scholarship likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of colleagues especially encouraged.  Joint applications from two scholars working collaboratively on a single, substantive research project that aims to produce co-authored print or web publications also encouraged.

For reference, we have included below the four criteria used by the ACLS as of January 2021 for the evaluation of fellowship proposals:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field or fields of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. The quality and innovativeness of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature. ACLS welcomes applications that challenge scholarly orthodoxy.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame.
  4. The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant, taking into account relative advantages and constraints on resources for the proposed project and over the course of the applicant's career.

Terms of Award

  • Course release/replacement costs. Faculty fellowship recipients receive release time from teaching for two courses (preferably in a single quarter). The Simpson Center furnishes the faculty member’s home department with replacement costs for two graduate student quarters, up to the level of Predoc. Teaching Assoc. II.  These funds include benefits and tuition waivers. For a copy of the course buy-out form, please email schadmin@uw.edu.
  • Residency requirement. Participation in the biweekly Society of Scholars means that this fellowship is not appropriate for those whose projects require time away from the university.
  • Additional requirements. All faculty who receive fellowships are expected to submit an application for a fellowship to a national agency or foundation (such as NEH, ACLS, or the Guggenheim Foundation) or a residency site (such as the National Humanities Center) either in the fellowship year or the year thereafter.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit 1,750 words (approximately six double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should describe the research project in language clear to non-specialists in the field. Narratives should address:
    1. Objectives
    2. Significance (to the scholarship in and outside the field)
    3. Methodology
    4. Timeline (progress to date; what will be accomplished in the fellowship year)
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words.  Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
  • CV. Please limit to five pages. Please specify any other fellowships you have received in the last three years in support of your research. 
  • Letter of Support. Limit one, from a colleague knowledgeable about your field of research.
  • Course Release/Buyout Form. For the course release/buyout form, please email schadmin@uw.edu.
  • NO BUDGET should be entered or attached.  Applicants should enter 0 into the "Budget amount" field in the Proposal Information form.

Learn more about Society of Scholars.