Support + Funding

For Faculty

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The Simpson Center provides financial and administrative support for crossdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The ACLS offers a useful description of these areas of study: "the humanities and humanistic social sciences are fundamentally acts of investigation and reflection about different cultures, texts, and artifacts across space and time. Humanists study the diverse means by which human beings in every age and culture explore, understand, and change their world."

We support a wide range of activities, including fellowships, cross-departmental research groups, scholarly conferences and symposia, community-engaged collaborations, and other projects.

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Spring 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.

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

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.

Second Book Fellowships


In recognition of the particular challenges faced by mid-career tenure-track faculty, especially during the pandemic, and in order to assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences in making progress toward their promotion to full professor, the Simpson Center will pilot support for Second Books during the summer of 2022.

We will offer funding for associate professors to give intensive attention to second book manuscripts that are near completion. Applicants may propose, for example, to undertake the writing of the introduction and an epilogue after completing the body of the manuscript or undertake late-stage revisions across the manuscript in response to peer-review feedback. The deadline for proposals is Friday, April 1, 2022. At a minimum we expect to award support to six faculty members.


Eligible are faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who hold the rank of associate professor and have been awarded tenure, whose appointment carries with it the expectation of a book for promotion, and who are in the final stages of completing a second book manuscript. In general, we seek to support faculty who will have made substantial progress on their second book, defined as approximately 70% of a draft of the manuscript, by the beginning of the fellowship term.

Terms of Award

Summer salary support of $10,000.

Our plan is that recipients of this funding will meet once a week to discuss their projects. We expect those meetings will be held in July and extend into the first half of August. In addition to these cohort meetings, we plan to host a discussion of second book writing and its particular challenges and opportunities led by Larin McLaughlin, Editor in Chief of the University of Washington Press.

The intent of this summer support is to allow fellows to devote themselves full-time to their book projects. Fellows are expected to be in residence, with no competing demands, including teaching or other paid work.

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. Decisions will be made by the Executive Board of the Simpson Center.

  • Narratives should address:
    • Objectives
    • Significance (to the scholarship in and outside the field)
    • Methodology
    • Timeline (progress to date; what will be accomplished during the summer of 2022)
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words.  Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
  • CV (no more than five pages)
  • Letter of support (maximum one page) from the chair of the department which should also address the potential timeline of consideration for promotion and departmental review, including such matters as time in rank as an associate professor, sabbatical support, and service responsibilities as well as the likelihood that the manuscript will be completed in a reasonable length of time.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Arteaga, Simpson Center Assistant Director, at