The Freedman Center

Freedman Fellows Program 2013

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce the 2013 Freedman Fellows Program for full-time faculty. The Freedman Fellows Program is supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the Freedman Fellows endowment established by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman.

In 2013, the Freedman Fellows Program will identify and support scholarly projects that meet all of the following conditions, i.e., the projects are: (1) currently underway, (2) involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), (3) involve the use of digital tools and processes, and (4) have clearly articulated project outcomes.

The Freedman Fellows Program supports and facilities a variety of digital scholarship activities, such as:

  • Scholarly endeavors using emerging digital tools and processes such as the use of data-mining, text-analytic techniques, GIS [geospatial information systems], and data visualization;
  • Digital Humanities scholarship by encouraging the use of new technologies in faculty research through assistance with research design, visualization and presentation strategies.
  • Digital Case in experimenting with digital tools for storing, preserving, analyzing and making accessible digital resources;
  • The use of emerging technologies for dissemination and publication of scholarship; and for use of digital scholarship resources in teaching and learning.

Freedman Fellows will receive an award of $3,000 to support the expenses related to innovative scholarly or creative projects that meet the Freedman Fellows 2013 criteria. Fellows will also receive planning and project support. Proposals are due Monday, April 1st, 2013.

Award Criteria

Freedman Fellows serve as a model for campus faculty for how to successfully integrate new digital processes and tools in their scholarship and teaching. These new approaches to scholarship create bold visions of what is possible for scholarly outcomes, enhance understanding, create opportunities for formulating original questions, and fundamentally re-define how scholars work. Fellows must be full-time faculty who are motivated by excellence and the desire to be leaders in their disciplinary programs. To be successful, applications must describe a corpus of data (digital texts, digital images, processed data, databases, etc.), include discussion of the project's impact with regard to scholarly or teaching goals, identify potential users or uses, describe the intended use of digital tools and processes, demonstrate current project planning, and articulate a project outcome (including a statement regarding the intended use of the award). In addition, the proposal must include a statement that addresses copyright concerns.  Proposed projects must be compelling in their application of current and emerging digital tools and resources for scholarship, research and/or teaching.  Some preference will be given to humanities-based projects.

Application Process

Proposals shall not exceed three (3) pages and must include a 100-word abstract at the outset describing the project. If the project has a budget, that can be appended to the proposal and will not count against the three (3) page maximum. Proposals are due before midnight on Monday, April 1st, 2013.

A committee of faculty and staff will review all proposals and make final selections. Freedman Fellows will be announced on April 9th, 2013 at the colloquium on digital scholarship.

Format of Proposal

Proposals may take any form, including direct answers to the questions as outlined, or take narrative form.

Questions to Address/Criteria:

In addition to the four (4) conditions outlined above; to be successful, Freedman Fellows proposals should answer the questions below.

  1. Please describe your project.
  2. What is the relevance/impact of the project?
  3. Describe potential users and usage. How do you envision people interacting with the project outcome?
  4. Describe existing data for the project. In what form does this data exist? (On paper, in a Word document, in an Excel file, in some standard format, etc.)
  5. Describe the work that has already been done, if any.
  6. Are there existing digital projects (at CWRU or elsewhere) that this proposed project would complement?
  7. Other general comments, issues or concerns, such as project timeframe, and potential for sustainability into the future.
  8. Copyright / Intellectual Property: We require a statement to be included with each proposal regarding the status of materials used. Please refer to the copyright section of the FAQs.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Proposals are due Monday, April 1st, 2013
  2. Proposals should be PDF documents
  3. Submit a completed Proposal & Copyright Permission Form
  4. Proposals should be submitted to
  5. Proposal submissions should include in the subject line: Freedman Fellows Proposal
  6. Awards will be announced on April 9th, 2013

Expectations of Fellows

Freedman Fellows are expected to participate in periodic meetings with not only their project groups (which will be created to meet project needs) but with Freedman Fellow colleagues to provide updates on their projects and to contribute as a group to the development of models, services and practices for support of scholarship, research and teaching at CWRU. Freedman Fellows are expected to participate in scheduled meetings and events over the course of the year. Freedman Fellows will be expected to participate in a colloquium to be scheduled during the 2013-14 academic year that will address digital scholarship and future directions for digital scholarship at CWRU. Details are available on the Freedman Fellows Program website.

Freedman Fellows are expected to confer with Departmental Chairs or Departmental Assistants in setting up accounts for their $3,000 award. Guidance as to the manner in which the award may be used, as well as additional information is available in the FAQ section of the Freedman Fellows Program site.

Questions regarding the Freedman Fellows Program and application process are welcome. Please contact Roger Zender ( or by phone at 216-368-5637 for further information.

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