UW Simpson Center for the Humanities Fellowships

Application deadline:   November 13, 2015

The Simpson Center offers UW scholars varied opportunities for intellectual community, professional development, and financial support that advance crossdisciplinary understanding, collaboration, and research. The Center defines humanities broadly and frequently supports projects in the arts, social sciences, and in science-humanities collaborations.

Three fellowships are available in the fall funding round:

  • Society of Scholars Graduate Fellowship
  • Digital Humanities Dissertation Summer Fellowship
  • Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities

Society of Scholars Graduate Fellowship

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

Eligibility: UW doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy by submittal date and who will receive no other funding during the term of the award. Residency during the fellowship term is required for participation in the Society of Scholars. Please contact the Simpson Center if you have questions about your eligibility.

Description: Graduate Fellowships support dissertating doctoral students in writing up and sharing their individual research in the multidisciplinary, bi-weekly forum of the Society of Scholars.

Criteria: Awards will be based on the scholarly merit of the individual applications. Scholarship likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of colleagues especially encouraged.

Terms of Award: Graduate research fellows of the Society of Scholars receive two quarters of support, including benefits and tuition waivers.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://simpsoncenter.org/apply/fellowship-grants/society-of-scholars_graduate


Digital Humanities Dissertation Summer Fellowship

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

Eligibility: UW doctoral students who have passed their qualifying exams by the deadline for application and who will receive no other funding during the term of the award. Please contact the Simpson Center if you have questions about your eligibility.

Description: The Digital Humanities Dissertation Summer Fellowships support scholars whose dissertations use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures.

We are particularly interested in projects that address the goal of reaching beyond the border between the academy and the larger public. We also encourage applications from scholars using the open source multimodal authoring and publishing platform Scalar for long-form digital scholarship; the Simpson Center is an affiliate of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which developed Scalar.

Digital projects may be conceived as a complement to a print project.

Criteria: 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: Dissertators will receive $6,500 in summer salary (including benefits) as well as a research budget of $2,000, which may be used for travel, purchase of digital collections, participation in digital humanities workshops, such as the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, etc. Research funds remain available to fellows until the following June. The intended use of these funds for these purposes does not need to be outlined in the proposal.

Summer Residency: Participation in the six to eight weekly lunch meetings of the Digital Humanities Commons is required; this fellowship is not appropriate for those whose projects require time away from the university in the summer.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://simpsoncenter.org/apply/fellowship-grants/digital-humanities-dissertation


Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities

We invite proposals from graduate students to undertake projects in public scholarship in summer 2016. Awards in this new program are in the amount of $6,500 with an additional research budget of $2,000.

Eligibility: UW students who have completed their work at the master’s level and who will receive no other funding during the term of the award.

Criteria: The Simpson Center is receptive to proposals from all departments and programs in the humanities, broadly defined. We will give special attention to disciplines with less-established traditions of public engagement and project-based work (that is, those in which critical articles and books for academic audiences are the only forms of scholarship that typically “count”).

We particularly encourage applications for projects that establish or develop collaborations between scholars and community partners, or create new occasions for the exchange of knowledge between academic research and public audiences. Proposals should emphasize scholarship, not service, although the two may well be intertwined. We will consider applications that demonstrate a record of community engagement as well as those that persuasively articulate an interest in turning toward the public.

Terms of the Award: Four graduate students will each receive a summer fellowship award of $6,500 along with a research fund award of $2,000. During July 2016, students awarded grant support for the development of public scholarship projects will meet to discuss their ongoing work. Fellows are required to be in residence for the month of July and to submit a brief report on their progress in the fall. Projects do not necessarily need to be completed during the summer.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://simpsoncenter.org/apply/fellowship-grants/mellon-summer-public-projects-humanities


For a complete list of opportunities available to graduate students through the Simpson Center (including funding for Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters), see: http://simpsoncenter.org/apply/graduate-student-opportunities

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