Graduate Community of Digital Scholars

Track 1: Digital Dissertation Scholars Program (1 year)

Track 2: HASTAC Scholars Program (2 years)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Monday, August 23, 2021

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and Laney Graduate School invite graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to join the Graduate Community of Digital Scholars.

The program supports students’ engagement with digital scholarship, giving them space to test and refine their work, receive individual mentorship, and present their work to both academic and public audiences. The program offers two tracks: the Digital Dissertation Scholars Program, for those interested in building a digital component of their dissertation; or the HASTAC Scholars Program, for those interested broadly in public digital scholarship. Students in both tracks meet together as a cohort throughout the year to learn from digital scholarship professionals and to workshop their project ideas and methodologies, culminating in a digital prototype, or project plan, and final presentation.

Students may apply to ONE program track at a time. Students who have completed one track are eligible to apply for the other. Details and specific application guidelines for each track are outlined below.

Notifications to selected applicants in both tracks will be sent out by September 3, 2021. The community will convene in October 2021.

For more information, please contact:

Keith Anthony
Executive Director
Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Sarah McKee
Senior Associate Director for Publishing
Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Dr. Kayla Shipp
Digital Scholarship Specialist, Publishing
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship


The Digital Dissertation Scholars Program (DDSP) is a one-year program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that provides students with access to training, expertise, and mini-grant funds (up to $2,000) to develop digital components to their dissertations. The program prepares doctoral students in humanistic disciplines to create meaningful and lasting digital dissertations by equipping them with adequate knowledge of theories, methods, and technologies in digital scholarship, an understanding of how to develop sustainable and accessible digital projects, and training to write about development processes.

Students give public presentations of their works in progress at Emory each spring and submit brief reports at the end of each year. In consultation with their advisors, students use their mini-grant funds to offset a variety of costs related directly to their project’s development or to their own professional development, including limited paid web development time, temporary hosting, data and software subscription costs, digitization costs for source material, travel for digital dissertation research and conferences, and training in digital scholarship theories and methods not available at Emory.


All students in their third or fourth year of study in the Laney Graduate School are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have completed their doctoral exams at the time of application and are currently working on or have recently finished their prospectus.

To apply to the 2021–2022 DDSP program, please send the following documents as one PDF to program administrator Lisa Flowers by Monday, August 23, 2021 (

  • Cover sheet with name, email, year in program, department, dissertation committee list, dissertation title (proposed title acceptable)
  • Dissertation statement or overview that includes a description of your proposed digital component and how that component will complement or strengthen your dissertation's primary argument. What would your digital component allow you to do and argue that you could not do with print alone? (up to 300 words)
  • Statement describing your interest in this program and how you expect it to support your research, teaching, and/or professional development (up to 300 words)
  • Dissertation timeline with milestones (one-page outline)
  • One-page letter from Dissertation Committee Advisor that acknowledges support for participation in the program


The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI) will nominate up to two graduate students to the HASTAC Scholars Program (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory). This two-year program encourages graduate students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences to rethink pedagogy, learning, research, and academia for the digital age.

Fox Center HASTAC Scholars work independently and design digital projects that support their research. Successful applicants will already have a clear articulation of technology within their research and teaching, as well as use digital media to present and amplify their work.

HASTAC Scholars participate in and network with the online HASTAC community; blog at least twice a year about their own work, research projects, and teaching on the blog; meet monthly with the Emory HASTAC Scholars’ cohort; present annually at the Fox Center’s weekly works-in-progress seminar; give public presentations about their work at the end of the program; and submit brief reports at the end of each year. To support their work, HASTAC Scholars receive a $1,000 stipend per year and a $1,000 allowance per year to attend professionalization training or conferences; they also receive additional mentoring from Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship and related institutions around Emory.


All students enrolled in the Laney Graduate School are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in engaging technology in their research, pedagogy, or public practice.

The application process has two steps: initial applications are submitted to the FCHI; candidates selected by the FCHI to move forward then submit applications to the HASTAC program to be part of the 2021–2023 cohort.

Initial applications are due to the Fox Center via email to by Monday, August 23, 2021. Please include the following:

  • Application Sheet
  • a 400-word paragraph outlining your project, including how you will engage with the HASTAC community
  • a 400-word sample blog (examples)
  • a 2-page CV
  • a brief letter of support from your dissertation advisor