Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowships, Michigan (USA)

Deadline: 1 February 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Open to: mid-career journalism professionals with at least five years of professional experience and demonstrated leadership in some aspect of journalism
Fellowship: $70,000 for U.S. fellows (stipends for international fellows vary) plus covered travel expenses for trips


A Knight-Wallace Fellowship is the rarest of opportunities: an academic year of study, reflection and growth at one of the world’s finest universities, nestled in one of the nation’s most livable cities. It is a time of expanding perspectives, intellectual growth and personal transformation.

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

Extensive travel is a core component of the Knight-Wallace experience. They place equal emphasis on broadening horizons outside the classroom with news tours to Argentina, Brazil and Turkey and a family trip to Northern Michigan. Where else will you go from pressing fresh apple cider in the crisp air of a Northern Michigan fall to galloping on a horse through the brush on the Argentine Pampas to learning Brazilian dance at an escola de samba?


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. If the fellows employer does not contribute to insurance coverage, health insurance is provided to fellows and their family members who join them in Ann Arbor.

A typical Knight-Wallace Fellowship class comprises 12 U.S. journalists and six international colleagues.


Criteria for selection are simple. They seek the best and brightest in journalism today, mid-career professionals with at least five years of professional experience and solid track records, great future promise and, above all, demonstrated leadership in some aspect of journalism.


The application deadline is February 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The application process is online. Before beginning the online process, U.S. applicants should read the page HERE carefully and international applicants should read the page HERE. It contains instructions on how to submit your essays, work samples and letters of recommendation.

To apply, you will create a login. You can save your information and return to the application at anytime before your final submission. You will be asked to provide contact information for yourself and your employer, demographic information and answer questions about your journalism achievements and background. You will also be asked to upload letters of reference, work samples, an autobiography and more.

For questions about the application process, email the organizers at

Further details are available on the official website HERE.

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