U.S. Applicants

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed and applications are no longer available. 

Application Questions

For questions about the application process, email us at apply2KWF@umich.edu


What to Prepare

The application process is online. Before beginning the online process, please read this page carefully. 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.
  • There are two parts of the application to complete.
  • We prefer that you apply online. If you are unable to access the online application, please contact us and we can make arrangements for a mail-in option.


Part One of the Application

General Information

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 be asked to list all positions held since completing formal education, beginning with current employment and following this order:

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

Letters of Reference

You will be asked to enter the name, title and affiliation of each person who will submit a letter on your behalf. Part Two of the application requires that the names and email addresses of your recommenders be provided and instructions will be available on how to submit requests to the letter writers.

Document Uploads

In this section, you will be asked to upload your essays and work samples. If you would like to change the document or work sample after it has been uploaded, simply upload the revised document in the field of the one you would like to replace.

Projected Study Plan

  • You will be required to upload a Projected Study Plan (PDF or Word document).
  • Label this file for uploading: 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. Of what benefit will this be to you, your employer or the field of journalism following the fellowship?
  • There will also be a field where you will be asked to summarize your study plan in 10 words or less.

Intellectual Autobiography

  • You will be asked to upload an autobiography of up to 1,500 words (PDF or Word document).
  • Label this file for uploading: Autobiography
  • Your autobiography should 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.

Work Samples

You may send samples from more than one medium, if applicable. Please follow the guidelines below.

Samples may be uploaded as a word document, PDF, a list of URL links or a combination thereof. Label files for uploading according to the medium: Print Sample 1, Photo Sample 2, Broadcast Sample 3, Editors Sample 4 or Online Sample.

Print: Up to five print articles with at least three samples from the past two years.
Photography: Up to 10 photographs with captions indicating where photographs were published and dates. At least six of these photographs should be from the past two years.
Broadcast: Maximum viewing or listening time should be 30 minutes and include work from the past two years. Include a brief description (PDF or Word document) of the work samples, indicating dates aired and a statement describing your involvement in each piece.
Editors/Managers: Upload a statement of no more than 500 words describing your job responsibilities and approach to your work.
Online samples: Upload samples equivalent to five print articles or 30 minutes of programming. Samples can be either a PDF file, a Word document or list of URL links.

Maximum size for each individual sample submission is 100MB

You are responsible that all URL links remain active through June, 2017.

Part Two of the Application

In this part of the application you will enter the names, affiliations and email addresses of the four people who will write your reference letters. You can open Part Two of the application anytime after opening Part One by returning to the main menu.

The four required letters are:

  • One professional letter of reference: This letter should be from a past or present professional supervisor or colleague.
  • One personal letter of reference: This letter should be from a friend who may also be familiar with your professional background and work.
  • A confidential letter from your immediate supervisor (if applicable) elucidating your qualifications for a Knight-Wallace Fellowship.
  • 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 on the application and send an additional letter of reference.

If you are a freelance journalist, please submit three professional letters of reference and one personal letter of reference.

Once you enter the contact information of your letter writer, you can send them a request by following the instructions online. A window will open with the email text and you can add an optional personal message. When sending a request to your employer for a letter of support, you may want to specify the requirements in your personal message. To ensure that your full name appears in the message to your recommender, you must complete question 1 (first and last name) in Part One of the application.

Once your request is sent, a confirmation that your recommender has been contacted will appear. After submitting your application, you will be able to check on the status of your reference letters by logging into the system.

If your recommenders do not receive the email request, please have them check their SPAM box before contacting us.

The deadline for recommenders to submit letters online is February 1, 2017. It is your responsibility to ensure that your letter writers meet this deadline.

Letters may be mailed or faxed directly to us and should be submitted in only one format (preferably through the online system, mailed or faxed). Faxes should arrive by February 1, 2017. Mailed letters should be postmarked no later than February 1, 2017.

Mail supporting materials to (if applicable):

Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists
Wallace House
620 Oxford Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2635
(734) 998-7666
(734) 998-7979 fax


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