Kelvin Smith Library

Freedman Fellows applications now being accepted

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Freedman Fellows Program. This annual award funds well-defined research projects that involve the application of digital tools and methods to scholarly or pedagogical problems.

Full-time, board-appointed, tenured or tenure-track faculty, and clinical research faculty at the rank of assistant professor or above are eligible to apply for a Freedman Fellowship. The award is open to all schools and departments. Applications are due by May 15. Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee and announced in late May.

About The Freedman Fellows Program

The Freedman Fellows Program is generously funded by the Freedman Fellows Endowment, established by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman, and managed by the Kelvin Smith Library. This year, in addition to the Freedman Fellows Endowment and through a collaborative initiative of the university’s libraries to support campus-wide digital scholarship, the fellowship program will benefit from additional funding provided by the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library and the Mandel School’s Lillian and Milford Harris Library.

Application process

Applicants can request funding amounts up to $15,000. Awarded amounts can vary depending on the scope of the project and number of applicants. In addition to financial support, Freedman Fellows also receive expertise and guidance from the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team to advance their projects. For examples of past projects, read more about the 2019 Freedman Fellows.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation with members of the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team before submitting an application. Team members will help hone the project, identify a reasonable scope and pinpoint deliverables. To schedule a consultation, contact

For any additional questions about this program, email Charlie Harper, digital scholarship specialist.