Apply by Monday, February 10, 2020 for the 2020-2021 Academic Year


Thanks to temporary two-year funding from the Washington State legislature, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is excited to offer course development grants to enable University of Washington faculty and graduate students to develop and teach courses on labor topics during the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

Grants will include a stipend to develop your syllabus, and possibly a grader or TA position (including a tuition waiver) to assist in teaching the course. You may use this opportunity to launch a new course, or to strengthen and expand on the labor content already present in a currently offered class. The goal of this grant is the expansion of Labor Studies curriculum at the UW; therefore, greater funding is available for new course proposals at the 100, 200 and 300 levels. 

Based on our review of class enrollments and a survey of student interests, we are particularly interested in courses on the following topics:

  • Introductory courses (100, 200 and 300-level) centering on issues of work, labor, and/or class, e.g. HISTCMP 249/POL S 249/SOC 266: Introduction to Labor Studies, SOC 360 - Introduction to Social Stratification

  • Mid-level courses (200 and 300-level) connecting labor-related issues and race, e.g. AES 322/GWSS 300 – Gender, Race, and Class in Social Stratification, CHSTU 342 - Working Latinas and Latinos: Changing Sites of Identity in Daily Life

  • Mid-level courses (200 and 300-level) connecting labor-related issues and gender, including but not limited to caring labor and social reproduction, e.g. ANTH 373 – Labor, Identity and Knowledge in Health Care 


Who Should Apply

Any UW faculty or qualified (e.g. MA-holding) graduate student is welcome to apply. Priority will be given to applicants whose courses are most likely to be offered on an on-going basis.

At this time, we are prioritizing courses at UW Seattle. However, other funding options may be available for UW Bothell and UW Tacoma. Please contact us if you would like more information at (206) 543-7946, or .


Required Application Materials

To apply for a Labor Studies course development grant, please prepare an application that includes the following:

  1. Preliminary course title
  2. Brief 100-word course description 
  3. Course-level (100, 200 or 300) and potential course 
  4. Maximum enrollment size for the course
  5. One-page statement of how the course will contribute to Labor Studies at the University of Washington

Please compile all information and materials into one document.


Deadline to apply for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Apply by Monday, February 10, 2020. Applicants will be notified no later than the first day of spring quarter, Monday, March 30, 2020. 


Where to Send Applications

Please submit applications electronically to Andrew Hedden, Associate Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, at .

Questions? Contact the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946, or e-mail .