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detailed description of expectations and schedule is available. There is no cost for participation in HAL. All expenses, including site visits, are covered. The program does not offer academic credit; however, the required Designing the Professional class is one unit.


All enrolled PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences within the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford are eligible to apply. Students must also enroll in Designing the Professional (ENGR 311B).

The program is best suited for students beyond their second year in the PhD program, but we will consider applications from students at all stages of the PhD career. Humanities postdocs and lecturers may be able to participate on a space available basis.

Application Timeline

The 2023 HAL program application opens on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 7, 2022. We plan to accept 10 fellows for 2023. All applicants will be notified on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.


The online application is HERE. You will be asked to upload a personal statement/cover letter of no more than one page, your CV/resume, and answer 5 short questions to help us shape the program. In addition, you are asked to confirm that you have discussed your participation in HAL with your primary academic advisors, and that you can attend all of the program sessions, including taking the Designing the Professional class (ENGR 311b).

Scheduled Sessions

Designing the Professional Class (Engr 311b). Winter Quarter: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Ten HAL-only sessions. Every other Monday, 2:00 - 3:30 pm via Zoom

Winter quarter: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 13, Mar 6.

Spring quarter: April 3, Apr 17, May 1, May 15, May 29.

PhD Pathways conference. March 16.

Site visits during April and May. Dates and times TBD.