Apply Now to Join HASTAC Scholars

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current student (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral) or post-doc.
  • No need to be a U.S. Citizen or Resident. HASTAC is an international program.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, institutional support for a $300 fellowship is optional.
  • Identify a mentor. Check out the FAQ on the application page to learn more:

Program Benefits:

  • Join an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists changing the way we teach and learn.
  • Meet and collaborate with others who share your research interests, pedagogy approaches, and professional development ideas.
  • Contribute to HASTAC Scholars in countless ways: blog, host forums and webinars, organize events, and discuss new ideas that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge.
  • Bolster your CV. 
  • Need more convincing?! See our Top 10 Reasons to be a HASTAC Scholar post.

Five Easy Steps to Get Started:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the program overview.

    • Check out our About page, FAQs and Social Media pages.

    • If you have specific questions, please email the Director of HASTAC Scholars at We love hearing from new people!

  2. Consider how you want to be involved.

    • Think about what you can contribute to the HASTAC Scholar community and/or your local campus. What do you want to get out of the program? How can you help to create something on your campus or local area? How can you contribute to the online community?

  3. Identify a possible mentor at your campus:

    • Check out our FAQ about how to find a mentor and who qualifies.

    • Do you know someone at your university who has been involved with HASTAC Scholars before? Do you have a favorite professor you enjoyed? A dissertation advisor? If so—reach out to them! You can also search the HASTAC website.

    • Make sure your mentor knows that they must create an account on before your application will be considered complete.
  4. Talk to your mentor about the fellowship funding.
    • HASTAC Scholars uses a decentralized funding model. The structure is unique for each school and if it is confusing or unclear, just reach out to us! We have often been able to help Scholars find funding on their campus, and if that is not possible, we can also provide a waiver.
  5. Finally: Apply! 
    • Fill out the application form by October 15, 2021 to join HASTAC Scholars! 
    • Selected Scholars will participate for a two-year period concluding on October 31, 2023.
    • If we have questions about your application, we will contact you. 


Application Process: 

Applications are  due by October 15th. Have this information before applying:

  1. Name

  2. Your Demographic Info 

  3. Your Academic Info

  4. Contact Info

  5. Why you want to join HASTAC Scholars

  6. Scholarly/Research Interests

  7. Fellowship Approval

  8. Mentor Info


HASTAC Scholars Fellowship:

The HASTAC Scholars program expects each institution to recognize their HASTAC Scholar(s) with a small fellowship in recognition of their work as interdisciplinary scholars and public scholars on their own campus. HASTAC does not charge membership dues; instead, an institution becomes recognized as a member organization by supporting one or more HASTAC Scholars.

We welcome a variety of ways for institutions to support the student in this program:

  • A $300 fellowship payable to the student, from their home institution

  • A $300 travel or research fellowship (which can be used to reimburse or purchase specific devices or tools, conference travel, or attending the annual HASTAC conference). This could be especially useful for schools and institutions where financial fellowships are more difficult to arrange.

  • Other opportunities in lieu of this fellowship. Some universities have started to fold the position of being a HASTAC Scholar with another on-campus research or teaching fellowship. This could be especially useful for fellows of various DH programs, students already participating in mentoring programs, or student organizers of conferences. There does not need to be a separate fellowship given on top of that arrangement.

  • We are able to grant waivers if an institution cannot provide support. We do not want the fellowship requirement to exclude any interested students from participating in the network. Please contact us if this is the case.

Notes for Mentors:

Any faculty or staff member at a post-secondary institution may sponsor an undergraduate or graduate student to be a HASTAC Scholar. Doing puts you in the official category of Mentor, and bears the following responsibilities:

  • Register yourself as a user on this website

  • Agree to subsidize each HASTAC Scholar with a $300 fellowship paid by the Mentor's institution.  This is an important aspect of the program that recognizes the Scholar's labor and achievement and helps to support their involvement in the network.

    • NOTE: The payment process is entirely decentralized; the Mentor and the Scholar need to work out their own process. Mentors who cannot provide the fellowship as a payment can also provide the equivalent of $300 with in-kind support. If no funding or in-kind support can be secured, the requirement can be waived; please contact for more information.

  • Check in with your HASTAC Scholar(s) throughout their two-year tenure, suggest material/events to blog about or post on the HASTAC website, and help to promote your HASTAC Scholar within your institution.

We hope you will join us, too—you're invited to blog, comment in the forums, or participate in any other HASTAC activity.


Q: What is HASTAC?

A: HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists changing the way we teach and learn.  Our 17,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share ideas, news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects--including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship--and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives.

Founded in 2002, HASTAC is reputed to be the world’s first and oldest academic social network with annual pageview counts approaching the half-million mark. HASTAC is governed by a dynamic, interdisciplinary Steering Committee. HASTAC’s leadership and administration is shared between hubs located at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Dartmouth College. Learn more about HASTAC's leadership and administration here.


Q: What is HASTAC Scholars?

A: The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is an innovative student-driven community of graduate and undergraduate students. The program accepts some 200+ graduate and undergraduate students each year. More than 1,400 HASTAC Scholars in dozens of disciplines have been sponsored by 220 colleges and universities—including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and large research-intensive public and private institutions. 


Q: Are previous Scholars eligible again?

A: Yes! Previous Scholars ARE eligible. On the application form, the Scholar must mention their previous HASTAC involvement and how they have participated in previous years.


Q: Does HASTAC administer the fellowships? Does HASTAC supply fellowships to the program?

A: All fellowships are decentralized and provided by the Mentor, the department, or local institution. HASTAC does not process or arrange the payments; all financials are organized between the Scholar and Mentor.


Q: I'm not from the US—can I still apply? How do fellowships work?

A: Absolutely! We have Scholars from many countries, including Canada, UK, Germany & Spain and we welcome you! We are happy to discuss the fellowship process for international students—please contact the HASTAC Scholars Director via the email below.


Q: I'm not a student—can I be a HASTAC Scholar?

A: We are generally keeping the program limited to current students. However, if you have recently graduated and would like to be considered, drop us a line and provide some details. Remember you can absolutely participate on the HASTAC website even if you’re not an official Scholar!


Q: My school isn't listed as a member organization, or none of my professors have been involved with HASTAC before. Can I still join?

A: Absolutely! Some of our mentors and Scholars have been involved with HASTAC before, but many many folks are joining the community or sponsoring a Scholar for the first time. By sponsoring a Scholar, your institution will be linked as a HASTAC organization and you will both become members!


Q: Can HASTAC find a Mentor for me? I don't know anyone involved with HASTAC.

  • Do you have a favorite mentor? Send this page and the program information to your favorite mentor on your campus. This could be your dissertation advisor, someone who works in a humanities center, or a professor with whom you have enjoyed working. 
  • Explain the concept to them and discuss why you’d be interested. Part of this program is helping you create your own local networks!

A: So far everyone who has really tried to find a mentor at their institution has succeeded—we are confident that we can find one for you too! Write to your department chair, dean of the graduate school, or other related programs that deal with technology, culture, learning, or new media. If you need some help with wording, send us a note and we can draft an email for you to use. We really want you to join if you're motivated and we're happy to help find the support you need!


Q: Can a Mentor sponsor more than one Scholar?

A: Yes! The only requirement is that the Mentor must still fund the $300 to each Scholar.


Q: What if I have more questions?

A: If you have specific questions, please email the Director of HASTAC Scholars at We love hearing from new people!

If you have any questions, please email the Director of HASTAC Scholars at

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Thank you!