HASTAC is a growing global community known as the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. The international HASTAC Scholars program is designed for graduate students with interests and expertise in digital media, 21st-century higher education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The Obermann Center is delighted to host one or more HASTAC Scholars each year. The appointment includes a $500 stipend to be used for research purposes, and the Scholars act as digital ambassadors for the University of Iowa. They blog about digital activities on their home campus, participate in HASTAC Forum discussions, and work on a project with the Obermann Center. In 2015-16, that project was to help launch an exciting new website to promote the humanities departments, majors, resources, and events on campus and to get the word out through creative uses of social media.

Applications are welcome from any discipline, but students must be enrolled and in good standing in a UI graduate department during the current academic year. We are especially interested in graduate students engaged in innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media, 21st-century education, and technology in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Once you have been selected by the Obermann Center, we will work with you to complete the online nomination on the HASTAC site. 

The criteria for selection are—

  • Evidence that the applicant understands and shares HASTAC's core values
  • Evidence that the applicant's ongoing academic and professional goal will benefit from participation in HASTAC
  • Interest in helping to promote the humanities through digital media

Responsibilities include—

  • Engage in a blog maintained on the HASTAC website at least twice a month in which the applicant reports on relevant activities at the University of Iowa.
  • Contribute to HASTAC Scholar Discussion Forums, either by hosting or commenting. These very lively discussions are part of the backbone of the HASTAC Scholars program.
  • Work with the Obermann Center to develop a vibrant web presence for the humanities disciplines at the University of Iowa and use social media to help engage audiences with the site.

​For more information, visit the HASTAC Scholars site: https://www.hastac.org/blogs/fionab/2012/07/30/hastac-scholars-nominatio...


The application process for 2016-17 is complete. Look for information for application for the 2017-18 academic year in Spring 2017.


University of Iowa graduate students in any department and at any stage of their studies. The application process for 2016-17 is complete. Look for information for application for the 2017-18 academic year in Spring 2017.

Required Items

Submit the following materials in a single .pdf document Erin Hackathorn at erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu.

·       A letter of interest indicating how participation in HASTAC would benefit the applicant and how his or her work to date reflects HASTAC¹s principles.

·       A brief bio paragraph of no more than 250 words that mentions research projects and interests, including dissertation if applicable, and applicant¹s HASTAC-related interests and work.

·       A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.

·       An email from your academic advisor addressed to erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu stating the following:  “I affirm that APPLICANT¹S NAME is in good standing in NAME OF GRADUATE PROGRAM and will be on campus for the 2016-2017 academic year. I support this application to the HASTAC Scholar program.”