Freedman Student Fellows Program

The Freedman Student Fellowships give undergraduate and graduate students funding to complete targeted digital projects under the guidance of Kelvin Smith Library staff and members of the Digital Scholarship Team. Where the faculty fellowship program enables the Kelvin Smith Library to provide research grants to faculty whose work employs digital scholarship, the Freedman Student Fellowship program provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to apply for current digital scholarship projects under the mentorship of Digital Scholarship and Research Librarians and Partners at KSL.  Students may also propose their own digital scholarship project and apply for funding and mentorship for a project aligned with their academic discipline. 

Students interested in applying for a Freedman Fellowship are encouraged to meet with members of the Digital Scholarship Team before submitting an application. To schedule a consultation, contact

Any general questions regarding the Freedman Center’s various funding opportunities should be emailed to Ben Gorham, Freedman Fellowship Coordinator and Research Data and GIS Specialist.


How to apply

Applications for the 2024-2025 Freedman Student Fellows will be posted on the CWRU student employment job site in May 2024. Fellowships may begin on August 1, 2024, but most students begin their projects at the start of the Fall term (September 2023).  Fellowships must end by June 30, 2025.  Student awards are compensated at the CWRU standard wage for student employees.