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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 freedmancenter@case.edu.

Any general questions regarding the Freedman Center’s various funding opportunities should be emailed to Charlie Harper, crh92@case.edu.

Applications for two tracks of the student fellowship are currently open for the 2021-2022 academic year.  See links after the track descriptions below.


Collections Researcher Track: 

The recipient of 2021-2022 Freedman Student Fellowship Collections Researcher provides a student recipient with the unique opportunity to be paid hourly for work on digital research that actively involves Kelvin Smith Library's diverse collections. The student will work under the guidance and leadership of their chosen faculty mentor, while also receiving support from the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team.

To be considered for the Collections Researcher opportunity, a student and a faculty member must co-apply. It is expected that the faculty member will have a digital research project that will benefit from KSL's collections and that the student will actively participate in this research under the faculty member's leadership. The student will be compensated for their time through the Freedman Student Fellowship at $15 / hour for up to 6 hours per week.

The joint nature of this program provides benefits to both the student and faculty member. The student gains hands-on experience in research, builds practical digital skills, and receives compensation and credit for their work. The faculty member gains a junior researcher and mentee, who will assist broadly in the research process, as well as support for their project from the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team.

Applicants 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 freedmancenter@case.edu.

Apply!


Grant Track

Recipients of the 2021-2022 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. 

Apply!