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Eligibility

Qualified applicants 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. We 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. We do not consider full-time academics, public relations writers, internal trade writers, lobbyists, public advocates, or those seeking a degree.

 

Choosing the Right Application

U.S. applicants – If you are a U.S. citizen, apply as a U.S. applicant, even if you work in another country or for a non – U.S.  journalism entity.

International applicants – If you are a not a U.S. citizen, apply as an international applicant, even if you work in the United States or for an American journalism entity. A Green Card is not the same as citizenship.

If you hold dual passports from the U.S. and another country, please email apply2kwf@umich.edu with details of your citizenships and name of your news organization and we will answer your questions.

 

Application Timeline

  • December 1, 2017           International application deadline
  • Early January, 2018          Phase two of application for selected international applicants
  • Early February                  Interviews for international finalists
  • February 1, 2018             U.S. application deadline
  • Mid-March                       U.S. applicant finalists notified
  • April 7 & 8                        Interviews at Wallace House for U.S. applicant finalists
  • Late April/Early May      Fellowship offers extended

 
 

Terms

All fellows must agree not to work, either in their current job or other paid assignments, maintain residency in Ann Arbor for the duration of the fellowship and attend all program seminars and events. 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.

 

Selection

Great care goes into assembling classes of Fellows that represent diversity of race, ethnicity, nationality, experience, journalism specialty, geographic region and type and size of news organizations. Typically, 12 Americans are joined by six to eight international colleagues. Selection is determined by a committee of distinguished journalists and University of Michigan faculty. U.S. finalists are interviewed at Wallace House in April. International finalists are interviewed by phone or video conference in February. Fellowships are awarded in late April or early May.

 

Specialized Fellowships

We accept up to 20 Fellows each year. U.S. applicants will be considered for our specialized fellowships but should not force their study plans to fit one of the categories. If your work and/or study plan aligns with one of our dedicated fellowships, the selection committee will take that alignment into consideration.

Specialized fellowships:

  • Burton R. Benjamin Fellowship: Broadcast Journalism
  • Daniel B. Burke Fellowship : General Studies
  • Ford Fellowship: Transportation, Technology, Environment
  • Benny Friedman Fellowship: Sports Journalism
  • Knight Specialty Fellowships: Business, Education, Law, Medicine
  • Karsten Prager Fellowship: International Reporting
  • William C. Richardson Fellowship: Public Policy, Philanthropy
  • Time-Warner Fellowship: Newsroom Diversity
  • Mike Wallace Fellowship: Investigative Reporting

 

Application Deadlines

Applications for U.S. journalists (with U.S. passports) are due on February 1, 2018. Applications for international journalists (without U.S. passports) are due on December 1, 2017.


 

What You Will Need to Complete the Application

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