The Knight-Wallace Fellowship is open to mid-career international and US journalists to experience an academic year of study, reflection and growth at one of the world’s finest universities, nestled in one of the most livable cities in the United States. It is a time of expanding perspectives, intellectual growth and personal transformation.

Fellowship Details

Each year, the fellowship brings together exceptional journalists from the U.S. and abroad to share this life-changing experience. The fellows devise a personalized plan of study with access to the courses and resources of the University of Michigan. Twice-weekly seminars bring the best and the brightest from the worlds of journalism and academia directly to you.

Located in idyllic Ann Arbor, the Knight-Wallace Fellowship also offers opportunities for our fellow’s partners, spouses and children. The intellectual resources of the university as well as the program’s activities are open to spouses and partners. Children are invited to many after-hour events at Wallace House.

Other Trainings

  • Writing Workshops: The fellowship offers fiction and non-fiction writing workshops. Fellows meet weekly at Wallace House for classes tailored to the interests of each year’s group. Fellows have worked on everything from memoirs to screenplays to honing their craft of creative non-fiction
  • Entrepreneurial Workshops: They  have designed a series of entrepreneurial workshops specifically for Knight-Wallace Fellows. In hands-on seminars, fellows survey emerging news models, examine case studies and discuss and generate entrepreneurial ideas for today’s media
  • Multimedia Training: The fellowship offers multi-platform training featuring workshops led by expert practitioners and a “backpack” of professional-quality video and audio equipment. Fellows learn to shoot, edit and craft a video story.

Money Matters

  • They pay you to enjoy what is the most rewarding year of your life. The U.S. fellows receive $70,000 – distributed as $8,750 monthly – from September through April. Stipend details vary for international fellows and are worked out on an individual basis
  • All tuition and course fees at the University of Michigan are paid for by the fellowship. Spouses and partners are invited to partake in university courses as well
  • In addition, all fellowship trips – domestic and international – are covered. Health insurance is provided to fellows and their families, if their employer does not contribute to their insurance coverage.
  • Applicants must be full-time journalists
  • They must have a minimum five years’ professional experience
  • Their work must have appeared regularly as an employee or freelancer
  • Print, broadcast, photo, documentary and Internet journalists are eligible
  • There are no academic prerequisites.


  • Applicants must be full-time journalists
  • They must have a minimum five years’ professional experience
  • Their work must have appeared regularly as an employee or freelancer
  • Print, broadcast, photo, documentary and Internet journalists are eligible
  • There are no academic prerequisites.


Employee applicants must obtain a leave of absence from September 1 through April and return to their place of employment where applicable. All fellows must agree not to publish or broadcast during the fellowship, maintain Ann Arbor residency and attend all program seminars and meetings.

Selection Criteria

  • They seek the best and brightest in journalism today, mid-career professionals with solid track records, great future promise and, above all, demonstrated leadership in some aspect of journalism
  • Great care goes into assembling classes of fellows that mix the type and size of news organizations as well as personality, geography and background. Typically, 12 Americans are joined by six international colleagues
  • Selection is determined by a committee of distinguished faculty and professionals. U.S. finalists are interviewed at Wallace House in April; U.S. fellowships are announced in early May
  • Up to six international fellows (four to eight months) are offered each year, as funding is available.

How to Apply

  • Completed application
    The PDF application form should be downloaded and filled in electronically before printing or printed out and filled with pen. If you are unable to download PDF form, a HTML version is available on their site for download.
  • List of all positions held since completing formal education, beginning with current employment and following this order:

• Employer
• Dates
• Title
• Immediate Supervisor
• Annual Salary

  • Intellectual autobiography – In no more than 1,500 words, examine the intellectual and social values that shape your work as a journalist. Explore the origins of these values and explain how they contribute or relate to satisfaction derived from journalism.
  • Projected Study Plan – In no more than 500 words tell us what academic areas you propose to study? How do these relate to your career objectives? How do you plan to carry out this work: Courses? Tutorials? Research? Indicate areas of study, not specific classes.
  • Work samples.
    Work samples should be accompanied by English translations.

Print journalists: Send up to five articles or photographs. At least three of these samples should be from past two years. Clippings must be dated and legible. Mount entries or photocopies flat on 8 ½” x 11” paper or send the online version as a printout.

Editors or managers who might find it difficult to send writing samples, should instead include a typed statement of up to 500 words, describing their work and their approach to it.

Broadcast journalists: Send DVDs or CDs with examples of work. Maximum viewing or listening time should be one-half hour and should include work from the past two years. Also include a brief typed description of the work on the disk, including date aired, and a typed statement of up to 500 words describing your work, including major programs for which you have been responsible.

Online journalists: Submit samples equivalent to five print articles or 30 minutes of programming. Include a brief typed description of your involvement in each piece.

Do not staple or bind application materials. No entry materials will be returned.

  • Letters of Reference

Four letters of reference are required.

i. One professional letter of reference

ii. One personal letter of reference

iii. A confidential letter from your immediate supervisor (if applicable) elucidating your                  qualifications for a Knight-Wallace Fellowship.

iv. A letter from your employer supporting your application and granting you a leave for the academic year if you should be offered a fellowship. If you are unable to obtain this letter, please explain why in a typed statement and send an additional letter of reference.

Letters should be sent directly to us from the writer. They can be submitted in one of three methods: email, fax or mail. Writer should submit letter by only one method. Email should be addressed to [email protected] and reference the applicant in the subject heading.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are due no later than February 1, 2012.

Emails and faxes should be received by February 1, 2012.

Mailed letters should be postmarked no later than February 1, 2012 (visit their website for address).

All letters should be written in English or be accompanied by an English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to [email protected]

For more information, and to apply, visit the fellowship website by clicking here.

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