The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship


Applications are open until October 14th, 2018!  Apply for the grant track or internship track.


The Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison Freedman Student Fellowships give undergraduate and graduate students funding to complete targeted digital projects under the guidance of Kelvin Smith Library's Digital Learning and Scholarship Team.  

Students can partake in one of two opportunities:

Internship track: Paid working internships for students to work in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship on faculty or library-initiated digital projects

Grant track: Grants for students to employ digital scholarship methods to conduct their own research

Funding is intended to support significant and impactful projects, and may include research undertaken as part of undergraduate capstones, and graduate theses or dissertations.  

Regardless of which of the opportunities an individual student scholar might opt to undertake, the Freedman Student Fellowship program will provide the students with hands-on experience using digital tools and technologies, engaging in project development, and creating a work of digital scholarship.  Students will also gain skills to collaborate effectively in an active learning environment, as well as marketable experience in digital project management. In addition, all Freedman Student Fellows will:

  • receive project-specific training and a personal mentor to guide their work and monitor their progress;
  • have opportunities to attend digital scholarship-related special events;
  • present a summary of their work at an annual symposium;
  • prepare posters about their work for inclusion in the CWRU Research Showcase; and
  • have their work permanently housed in and accessible through Digital Case.


Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison have committed $250,000 to initiate a major new endowment for this fellowship with a challenge to secure the matching funds in the next 3-5 years.

If you are interested in contributing to the matching funds, please contact Christine Klecic, Director of Library Development, by phone at (216) 368-3510 or by email at

Application Process

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Freedman Fellows Scholarship. Applications are due on October 14, 2018.

Questions relating to the Grant Track can be sent to Charlie Harper, Digital Learning and Scholarship Librarian (  Apply for the Grant Track.

Questions relating to the Internship Track can be sent to Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications Librarian (  Apply for the Internship Track.

2018 Applications Details and Process

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