Society of Scholars Faculty Research Fellowship

8 awards granted/year. Applications only accepted for Fall Funding Rounds.

Eligibility: UW faculty (all ranks)

  • Assistant professors must have served actively for at least one year prior to their application
  • Faculty who have held a SOS fellowship are eligible to apply again after 3 years.

Description of Category/Purpose of the Award:
Faculty Research Fellowships support faculty in writing up and sharing their individual research in the multidisciplinary, bi-weekly forum of the Society of Scholars. 

Defining or Preferred 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.

Terms of the 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.
  • 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 1750 words  (approximately six double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should describe the research project in language clear to non-specialists in the field. Please refer to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ guidelines for the preparation of the project narrative. 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 5 pages.
  • Letter of Support. Limit 1, from a colleague knowledgeable about your field of research.
  • NO BUDGET should be entered or attached.  Applicants should ignore the "Budget amount" field in the Proposal Information form.

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