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Freedman Fellows Student Program

The Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison Freedman Student Fellowships give undergraduate and graduate students funding to complete targeted digital projects under the guidance of Kelvin Smith Library's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team. The Student Fellowships are offered as a parallel to the very successful Freedman Fellows program for faculty. Where the faculty programs enables the Kelvin Smith Library to provide research grants to faculty whose work employs digital scholarship, the

Freedman Student Fellowship program will provide undergraduate and graduate students the ability to partake in an internship or grant track.

Applicants for broth tracks are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation with members of the Freedman Center for 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 Charlie Harper,

Applications are currently closed for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Internship Track: 

The recipient of 2020-2021 Freedman Student Internship will work with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women to advance digital components of the Silent Witness project for Cuyahoga County. 

The internship program requires an interest in learning about and researching the subject matter and technology under the guidance of the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship and Mather Center for Women. The internship is not a substitute for a campus job. You will not be assigned shifts or given daily tasks. Rather, it calls for passion, self-direction, and discipline in pursuing research and learning about digital components of the Silent Witness project.

Silent Witness is a national initiative dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence by raising awareness through community-based exhibits honoring those who have been murdered by their partners. This year’s intern will learn how to use the Freedman Center’s GIS (geographic information systems) and digital exhibit platforms (such as Scalar and StoryMaps), and will apply these technologies with the Mather Center to complement their Silent Witness physical exhibits. 

To provide adequate support, guidance, and accountability, applicants must identify a CWRU faculty member who will serve as an advisor for the student.

Grant Track

Recipients of the 2020-2021 Freedman Student Grants will work on an independently proposed digital project. Examples of acceptable digital projects for the Grant track might include:

  • The creation of a digital edition of a literary work with TEI
  • The digitization, transcription, and study of audio/video materials
  • The use of GIS to assess spatial changes or demographics
  • The construction of a database of texts, images, or audio recordings for analysis and visualization

Requests for funding should not exceed $2000.