The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship


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


Freedman Student Fellow Program Guidelines (Fall 2018)

We are now accepting proposals for the Freedman Student Fellowship, a scholarship designed to advance research and education in the digital scholarship field for undergraduate and graduate students at Case Western Reserve University.

For the 2018-2018 academic year, the following student fellowships are offered:

1) Internship track

Students will create a digital exhibit that uses Kelvin Smith Library's digitized student newspaper collection to reveal and highlight a narrative of CWRU student perspectives over the time period of 1968-1974 on a particular historical, social, cultural, or political theme.  KSL's Digital Learning & Scholarship staff have identified five potential themes for the fellow to choose from and have selected two CWRU student newspapers - Case Tech and the Observer - as sources for the digital exhibit.  

The potential themes for the exhibit, covering the period 1968-1974, include:

     1) Political activism among CWRU students;      

     2) Racial protest and unrest in neighborhoods adjacent to CWRU;      

     3) Gender issues on the CWRU campus;      

     4) Arts & culture on the CWRU campus;    

     5) Tensions between CWRU students and university administration.

Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, the student fellow will: 1) research the student newspapers' coverage of their chosen theme; 2) identify and select valuable articles, excerpts, images, and content; 3) assemble the selected materials to build a narrative of student perspectives on the chosen theme.  The digital exhibit will be hosted in CWRU's Digital Case repository using the Islandora platform.

Students in the internship track will be paid $15 per hour, and will work 5-10 hours per week. Students may additionally be asked to sit in on or contribute to Digital Learning and Scholarship team meetings regarding their projects.

2) Grant track

Students independently proposes and completes a digital project.  Offered as general guidance, examples of acceptable digital projects for the grant track might include:

  • The creation of a digital edition of a literary work with TEI

  • The use of GIS to assess spatial changes related to the student’s area of research

  • The construction of a database of texts, images, or audio recordings for analysis and visualization

For the 2018-2019 grant track, proposals can reach up to $2000.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their projects with Kelvin Smith's Digital Learning and Scholarship Team prior to submitting an application. Questions or requests to discuss projects for the grant track can be sent to Charlie Harper, Digital Learning and Scholarship Librarian (  Questions relating to the internship track can be sent to Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications Librarian (


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



Program Timeline

October 14, 2018: Applications due

Week of October 15, 2018: Applicants notified, initial meetings scheduled

Week of October 29, 2018: Fellows begin their internship/research.  Two weeks spent onboarding, training, making adjustments to project outcomes.  Weekly or regularly scheduled check-ins with supervisors and mentors begin.

November-December 2018: Students continue working on internship/research.  Weekly or regularly scheduled check-ins with supervisors and mentors continue.

January 2018: Student fellows attend a joint cohort meeting with Freedman faculty Fellows and discuss project stages, troubleshoot problems, explore other potential research opportunities.

February-March 2018: Students continue working on and begin completing their projects. Digitization of any project materials, if required, should be completed by February and uploaded to content management system in beginning of March

March 31, 2018: Students complete all internship/research projects and prepare for final Freedman Fellows presentation and Research ShowCASE.

April 2018: Assessment, final reports, deposit of materials into Digital Case, data management plan outlined, if needed.

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