The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Freedman Fellows Program 2016

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 2016 Freedman Fellows Program. All full-time CWRU faculty members with scholarly projects that employ digital tools to generate, analyze, or disseminate original research are encouraged to submit proposals.

About the Fellowship

The Freedman Fellows Program began in 2005 with funding from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the Freedman Fellows Endowment established by Marian K. and Samuel B. Freedman. The aim of the program is to support the integration of new research methodologies and digital tools in faculty scholarship to enhance understanding, examine questions in new ways, broaden perspectives, and fundamentally redefine how research is conducted and disseminated.

The funding model is flexible, providing a pool of funds to support projects of varying sizes with varying needs. Proposed requests can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000. The use of funds is limited to supporting the expenses related to the development innovative projects:

  • student labor costs (digitization, data entry, programming, web design, etc.)

  • external consultants (excludes travel/lodging for face-to-face meetings)

  • domain registration, hosting fees

  • specialized software

  • training

Proposal Process

The Freedman Center will host an informational meeting for potential applicants on March 14. Prior to the April 8 deadline, faculty may meet with members of the Digital Learning and Scholarship team to review and get feedback on their proposal drafts.

Once submitted, the proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee of five faculty members and two ex officio representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Digital Learning and Scholarship Team. In the two weeks following the submission deadline, the committee will assess both the scholarly value of the proposed projects and the innovative application of digital tools to generate original research. The committee will then consider the project’s identified needs, proposed budget, benchmarks, and timeline when awarding funding. The 2016 Freedman Fellows will be announced April 22.

Support Provided

Upon receiving the award, the fellows will meet with the Digital Learning and Scholarship Team to determine a project manager, analyze the specific project requirements, and schedule regular meetings during the fellowship period for monitoring progress. Members of the Digital Learning and Scholarship team will consult and/or collaborate with fellows on project development, implementation, and curation as the project requires for the duration of the fellowship period. As each benchmark is met, funding will be released for the next stage of the project.  

Expectations of Fellows

The Freedman Fellows will be expected to

  • submit a statement of copyright permission when appropriate--either at the beginning or once permissions have been secured (if required)

  • submit copies of the IRB approval when appropriate--either at the beginning or once granted (if required)

  • manage funding, conferring with their Departmental Chairs or Departmental Assistants to create and manage accounts

  • serve on the selection committee for two years following their award with the option to serve on additional future committees

 The fellows and their collaborators will be expected to

  • meet with the Digital Learning and Scholarship Team members regularly as scheduled

  • give a presentation in the spring of their award year about the research involved in and the development of their digital project, which may be livestreamed and archived

Proposal Process

View proposal template

Project proposals should address all of the questions under each heading in the proposal template either in narrative paragraphs or in bulleted points. Proposals should be submitted as PDF files to <> with the subject line Freedman Fellows Proposal by April 8, 2016.

Contact Information

For answers to any questions or to schedule an appointment to meet with the Digital Learning and Scholarship team prior to the proposal submission deadline, please send inquiries to <>.

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