The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship


Freedman Student Fellow Program Guidelines (Fall 2017)

We are now accepting proposals for the inaugural 2017 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. We are proud to announce this year’s theme, Urban Planning in Modern America, using the KSL Ernst J. Bohn collection. 

Bohn was a leading figure in public housing and was instrumental to its development in Cleveland. Because of his work, the first public housing authority, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, created standards that have been replicated across the country. Kelvin Smith Library’s Ernest J. Bohn Collection features original 20th century urban planning documents, maps, photos, and film.

All Fellows will design a project around the collection and will present their research at the conclusion of the academic year at the 2018 Freedman Fellows Research ShowCASE.

Students will be paid $15 per hour, and will work between 8-15 hours per week.


Application Process

Call for Proposals: Design a project around the Ernest J. Bohn Collection and tie it to your research interests.

Project Example 1: A student studying design or engineering may use maps from the Bohn collection to research housing infrastructure and migration of large groups of people.

Project Example 2: A student studying sociology may create an online digital exhibit to identifying socio-cultural issues that correlate with neighborhoods that have a high density of public housing.

To apply to the Freedman Student Fellows program for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year, please fill out the Google Form ( with your proposal details. Your proposal should be clear and succinct and should be submitted by October 13, 2017.

Contact with questions.


Program Timeline

October 13, 2017: Application deadline (midnight)

Week of October 30, 2017: Fellows start their internship/research

November 2017: Onboarding, training, making adjustments to project goals.

January 2018: Student Fellows will attend a quarterly meeting with Freedman faculty Fellows and discuss project stages, troubleshoot problems, explore other research opportunities.

February-March 2018: Students Fellows will work to complete their projects.

March 31, 2018: All projects are completed and students prepare for final 2018 Freedman Fellows Research ShowCASE.

April 2018: Work with students to update CV, ORCID account, make final assessments and complete reports.

Suggested Readings

As you formulate your project proposal, the following sources may provide you with helpful background information.

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

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