Wallace House will return to our in-person Knight-Wallace Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2022.
Applicants are open to journalists who hold a U.S. passport. Our international fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year have already been awarded to international journalists who previously committed to the program and could not participate due to the pandemic. Next fall, we plan to open international applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.
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. 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.
All Fellows awarded our 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.
Covid-19 Health and Safety
Wallace House will adhere to the University of Michigan’s Covid-19 protocol put in place for all students, staff and faculty. This currently includes Covid-19 vaccine and booster requirements and a mask policy adhering to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Great care goes into assembling classes of Fellows that represent a diversity of race, ethnicity, nationality, experience, journalism specialty, geographic region and type and size of news organizations. Typically, 12 U.S. journalists are joined by six to eight international colleagues. U.S. finalists for our traditional fellowship are interviewed in April. International finalists, when offered, are interviewed in February. Fellowships are awarded in early May.
We accept up to 20 Fellows each year. U.S. applicants may be considered for our coverage area fellowships but should not direct their study plans to fit one of the categories. If you are a U.S. applicant and your work or fellowship project aligns with one of our dedicated fellowships, the selection committee will consider that alignment.
Fellowships for U.S. applicants:
- 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: Education, Medicine, Information and Technology, News Innovation
- Karsten Prager Fellowship: International Reporting
- William C. Richardson Fellowship: Public Policy, Philanthropy
- Time-Warner Fellowship: Newsroom Diversity
- Mike Wallace Fellowship: Investigative Reporting
Applications for U.S. journalists are now open. The deadline to apply is at 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
Offers for Knight-Wallace Fellowships for U.S. applicants will be extended in early May 2022.
The 2022-2023 academic year begins Monday, August 29, 2022. Fellows are expected to arrive in Ann Arbor at least one week prior for fellowship orientation.
Watch our Q&A Webinar
For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, Wallace House Director Lynette Clemetson and Associate Director Robert Yoon hosted a Q&A webinar that is now available to view on-demand.