The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship



The Kelvin Smith Library is proud to announce the selection of the inaugural 2017-2018 Freedman Student Fellows: Vishnu Akella, a third-year undergraduate student, and Wen Min, a third-year medical student.


This year’s theme, “Urban planning in Modern America,” focuses on KSL’s Ernst J. Bohn collection. Using these resources, the following Freedman Student Fellow projects look at policy and how they impact equity and sustainability in Cleveland communities:    


  • Vishnu Akella’s project, “Dream Neighborhoods: Examining Cleveland’s Refugee Housing Communities,” looks at alternative modern solutions to refugee housing, such as Cleveland’s International Village.
  • Wen Min project, “Public Housing and Cleveland’s Health: Impacts Over Half a Decade Later,” explores the correlation between health trends and public housing. For example, despite the moratorium on the use of lead paint for almost 40 years, Min has found that 14.2% of children in Cleveland still test positive for lead poisoning. 



Kelvin Smith Library is proud to announce the launch of a new scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students: The Student Fellowship Program in Digital Scholarship. This new endowment is one of the first in the nation funded by private donations which provides direct grants and employment to students in the digital scholarship field.

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

The proposal deadline has passed. We will begin accepting applications Fall 2018 for the 2018-2019 Freedman Fellows Scholarship.


Contact with questions.

2017 Applications Details and Process

  • Freedman Fellows 2011 Announced
  • Freedman Fellows Program 2011
  • Freedman Center Fellow Program 2010
  • Freedman Fellows 2009 Announced

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