Apply for the Freedman Fellows Program

The Freedman Fellows Program is accepting applications from full-time faculty for the 2024–2025 academic year.

Administered and supported by the Digital Scholarship team in Kelvin Smith Library, the Freedman Fellows Program has provided more than $260,000 in targeted funding to advance digital scholarship research, teaching and learning at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to financial support, awardees also receive year-long project guidance and collaboration from experts with the Digital Scholarship and Research and Engagement Services teams at the library.

Digital scholarship projects from all academic disciplines are welcome and encouraged. This year, the fellowship selection committee is especially interested in pursuing projects that integrate issues relating to artificial intelligence and/or its related concepts in academic research or teaching (GANs, LLMs, ML, etc.). In addition, projects that incorporate the study or advancement of issues related to marginalized populations or other issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion will receive special attention from the selection committee.

Faculty Freedman Fellowships are open to all current CWRU faculty, researchers and instructors from all campus departments to support the planning and development of digital scholarship projects and instruction. Applicants may request funding amounts up to $15,000. Awarded amounts may vary depending on the scope of the project and the number of applicants.

Submit your application for the 2024–2025 Freedman Faculty Fellowship by June 30. All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation with members of the Digital Scholarship team before applying. To schedule a consultation, contact

View examples of the faculty and student projects.

The Freedman Fellows Program is generously funded by the Freedman Fellows Endowment, established by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman.