Graduate Student Interest Groups

Applications only accepted for Spring Funding Rounds.

Description / Purpose of the Award:
Graduate Student Interest Groups (GIGs) are intended to foster crossdisciplinary collaboration and inquiry in the form of cross-departmental reading, screening, and/or discussion groups, dissertation working groups, and other activities. GIGs may organize activities that draw on local intellectual and cultural resources, including faculty and community leaders.

Terms of the Award:
Funding is limited to $1000, primarily intended to support meeting or workshop costs (e.g., refreshments or reproductions).

The Simpson Center will provide a web presence for the project, an archive for significant activities and documents generated by the group, and scheduling privileges for Simpson Center space.

GIGs may use a portion of their funds to co-sponsor a visiting speaker organized by another campus unit or the Simpson Center, or to organize a specific activity in coordination with such a visit. GIGs are not intended to a support visiting speakers on their own resources alone.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narratives (limit 5 pages) should address:
    1. the focus of inquiry and its significance
    2. activities to be funded
    3. participating persons
    4. outreach plans, as applicable
  • Budgets should outline anticipated expenses.  See restrictions above.
  • CV (limited to 5 pages) for the primary project liaison only. Others participants may be represented in short bios.

Learn more about Graduate Student Interest Groups.