A Knight-Wallace Fellowship Challenges Journalists to Take the Next Step

Delece Smith Barrow


“The Knight-Wallace Fellowship allowed me to do a deep dive into how top-tier universities recruit faculty of color. Now all of my stories are deep dives – often 2,500 words, and I spend several months reporting on them.”

Delece Smith-Barrow ‘17
Senior Editor, The Hechinger Report

Amy Maestas


“The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to focus fully on learning ways to ensure that local journalism is sustainable. After the Fellowship, I led a team of people across my company. Our work was nationally recognized by industry organizations and we provided guidance to other newspapers.”

Amy Maestas ‘17
Digital Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune

Bastian Obermayer


“Because of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship, I was ready for the next step in my career. I am now the head of our investigative unit. A position I would not even have applied for, if the Fellowship didn’t teach me to dare.”

Bastian Obermayer ‘17
Head of Investigations, Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich, Germany)

A Knight-Wallace Fellowship recognizes accomplished journalists who are eager for growth and deeply committed to the future of journalism. We offer a unique opportunity: an academic year of study and collaborative learning at the University of Michigan to deepen knowledge, develop new ideas, learn new skills and address challenges facing the journalism industry.

In response to uncertainty about close gathering and in-person instruction, the Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowship will take the place of our traditional, residential Knight-Wallace Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year. We’ll select a cohort of ten accomplished journalists with different backgrounds and experience for a working fellowship to report on our most pressing issues, from social shifts precipitated by the pandemic to persistent social justice issues surrounding race, ethnicity and inequality.

The application timeline for the 2021-22 academic year will be determined based on public health guidelines.

For our traditional fellowship, we select up to 20 Fellows from all facets of journalism who are ready to take the next career step and join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  • Eight-month program of immersive study away from daily deadlines.
  • Individual study plans designed to develop topical depth, practical skills and broader perspectives.
  • Specialized resources and faculty at the University of Michigan to guide research.
  • Private seminars with newsroom innovators and world-renowned experts for candid, off-the-record conversations.
  • Workshops to sharpen your writing, technical skills and leadership ability.
  • International travel to bring context to the political, economic and social forces shaping news coverage.
  • $75,000 stipend – distributed monthly from August through April for living expenses.  All tuition and course fees are paid for by the fellowship. All fellowship trips – domestic and international – are covered. 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.

In addition to our traditional fellowship and Reporting Fellowship, we recently introduced the Midwest News Fellowship, an offering for leaders of journalism ventures and projects focused on local and regional news in the Midwest. Due to the uncertainty around close gatherings and in-person instruction we are unable to proceed with our original structure for that on-campus program for the 2020-21 academic year. We hope to see Midwest reporting projects included in our adapted Reporting Fellowship.

Learn how to apply for a Knight-Wallace Fellowship »