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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.

Students can partake in one of two opportunities:

Internship Track: 

This fellowship supports one student who works with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship on a library-initiated digital project. Interns are paid on an hourly basis.

The fellow for the 2019-2020 Internship track supports one student to work in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship and the University Archives on a library-initiated digital project commemorating the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage.

Over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, the student fellow will: 1) research materials in the University Archives; 2) identify and select valuable articles, excerpts, images, and content; 3) work with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team to digitize the selected materials; assemble the selected materials to build a narrative on women's suffrage at CWRU.  The digital exhibit will be hosted on a CWRU supported digital platform.

Students in the internship track are paid a competitive hourly rate and work 5-10 hours per week. Students may additionally be asked to sit in on or contribute to Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team meetings regarding their projects. 

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

Questions about the Internship track may be sent to Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship ( 

2020-2021 applications to participate in the program will be due early Fall 2020.

Grant track

Applicants independently propose a digital project. Recipients of the fellowship work with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship to complete their digital project. The funding model is flexible, providing a pool of funds that can be used to support projects of varying size. Offered as general guidance, examples of acceptable digital projects for the grant track might include:

  • The creation of a digital edition of a literary work with TEI
  • The use of GIS to assess spatial changes related to the student’s area of research
  • The construction of a database of texts, images, or audio recordings for analysis and visualization

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their projects with Kelvin Smith's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team prior to submitting an application. Questions or requests to discuss projects for the grant track can be sent to Charlie Harper, Digital Scholarship Specialist ( Questions relating to the internship track can be sent to Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian (