Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship for Journalists 2022-2023

Deadline: 1 February 2022
Open to:
U.S. citizens
Benefits: stipend available


Applications are open for the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship for Journalists 2022-2023 for U.S. citizens. The Knight-Wallace Fellowships offer accomplished journalists a unique opportunity: study and collaborative learning at the University of Michigan to deepen knowledge, develop new ideas and address challenges facing the journalism industry.

This program is designed for journalists who are eager for growth and deeply committed to the future of journalism to spend an academic year in Ann Arbor to dive into a journalism project. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, sharpening professional skills, addressing a challenge facing your newsroom, digging into data and research for a long-term reporting project or developing a journalism venture.


  • Open to journalists who hold a U.S. passport.
  • Qualified applicants for the in-person fellowship must have a minimum of five years of experience and be currently working in some aspect of journalism for a news organization or as an independent journalist. They are looking for a diverse range of journalists, including reporters, editors, data experts, visual journalists, audio producers, engagement specialists, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and organizational change agents.
  • If you are not a full-time journalist, the majority of your work should be in journalism. They do not consider full-time academics, public relations writers, internal trade writers, lobbyists, public advocates, or those seeking a degree.


All Fellows awarded the in-person fellowship must maintain residency in Ann Arbor for the duration of the fellowship, attend all program seminars and events, and make the fellowship their primary professional focus. Applicants working in a newsroom are encouraged to obtain employer consent granting a leave of absence with the understanding that, upon completion of the fellowship and where applicable, the Fellow will return to their place of employment.


  • Eight-month program of immersive study away from daily deadlines.
  • Individual journalism projects designed to develop topical depth, new skills, address a newsroom challenge or explore a journalism venture.
  • Specialized resources and access to faculty at the University of Michigan.
  • Private seminars with newsroom innovators and world-renowned experts for candid, off-the-record conversations.
  • Workshops to sharpen professional skills and leadership ability.
  • $75,000 stipend – distributed monthly from August through April for living expenses. Costs for auditing courses and participating in required workshops and fellowship activities are paid for by Wallace House. If the Fellow’s employer does not contribute to insurance coverage, health insurance is provided.
  • Spouses and partners are invited to partake in fellowship activities and can audit university courses as well.

How to apply? 

Applications for U.S. journalists are now open. The deadline to apply is at 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

For more information, please visit the official website.