Apply for a fellowship with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship by June 20

Kelvin Smith Library

The Freedman Fellows Program is accepting applications from full-time students for the 2021–22 academic year. In addition to financial support, fellows also receive project guidance and technical assistance from experts at Kelvin Smith Library’s Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.

Applications for all fellowship opportunities are due by June 20. Potential 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

The following opportunities are available to undergraduate students:

Freedman Student Fellowships

Freedman Student Fellowships are open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management and Case School of Engineering.

Student fellowships provide funding and support to employ digital scholarship methods in pursuit of significant and impactful digital research, which may include research undertaken as part of undergraduate capstones, and graduate theses or dissertations.

Applicants may request funding amounts up to $2,500. Awarded amounts may vary depending on the scope of the project and number of applicants.

For examples of past projects, please review the list of 2020-21 student recipients.

Apply for a Freedman Student Fellowship.

Freedman Collections Researcher Fellowship

The Freedman Collections Researcher Fellowship is open to one full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management or Case School of Engineering.

This unique opportunity provides a student with hourly compensation ($15/hour for up to six hours per week) to work on digital research that actively involves Kelvin Smith Library’s diverse collections. The student recipient will work under the direction of a chosen faculty mentor. To be considered for the collections researcher opportunity, a student and a faculty member must co-apply.

This opportunity is particularly well-suited for undergraduate and early graduate students who would like to gain hands-on research experience in digital scholarship.

Apply for the Freedman Collections Researcher Fellowship.

The Freedman Fellows Program is generously funded by the Freedman Fellows Endowment, established by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman, and supported by the Kelvin Smith Library, the Lillian and Milford Harris Library, the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, and the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library.