Application FAQ

If applying for a traditional Knight-Wallace Fellowship, please review these frequently asked questions. Please check back here for updates.

When are the application deadlines?

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

Applications for U.S. journalists (with U.S. passports) are traditionally due on February 1 for the academic year starting the following September.

U.S. applicant reference letters are traditionally due February 7 for the academic year starting the following September.

Applications for international journalists (without U.S. passports) are traditionally due on December 1 for the academic year starting the following September.

Should I apply as a U.S. applicant or an international applicant?

You should apply based on your citizenship.

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.

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 with details of your citizenship and name of media organization and we will answer your questions.

Are international and U.S. applications the same? Why is the deadline earlier for international applicants? 

The deadline for international applications is earlier because of the length of the visa process for successful applicants. Also, because we require additional information from our international Fellows, the international application process is split into two parts. International applicants should start by completing only phase one. We will notify international applicants if they are required to submit additional information for phase two.

Do I need an approval from my employer to apply?

We encourage applicants to work with their employers to help determine a course of study that benefits both the applicant and their news organization. For employers, supporting your fellowship can be an investment in your career development. We see the fellowship as a partnership to sharpen skills, broaden perspective, unleash creativity and develop leadership. Employer approval is not, however, required for consideration. If you are unable to obtain a letter of support from your editor, supervisor or organization, we require one additional professional reference.

Do I need to tailor my application to one of the specialized area fellowships?

No. We have several specialized fellowships within designed to support specific areas of journalism. But applicants should not force their study plans to fit one of our specialized categories. If your work and/or study plan aligns with one of the dedicated fellowships, the selection committee will take that alignment into consideration.

What do you look for in a study plan?

For your study plan, we want to know what you think a Knight-Wallace Fellowship could do for you at this stage in your career. In roughly 500 words, tell us what you hope to gain for yourself, your news organization or the field of journalism more broadly. Do your reporting. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with the University of Michigan and its many schools, departments and resources. We do not need to know the specific courses you would take, but rather the academic areas and subjects you wish to pursue. Be creative and authentic. Select a plan that speaks to your goals and passions.

When will the Fellows for the traditional fellowship be selected?

The application timeline for the 2021-22 academic year will be determined based on public health guidelines. Please check back here for updates. 

  • December 1     International application deadline
  • Mid-January    Phase two invitations extended to international applicants
  • Late January    Interviews for international finalists
  • February 1        U.S. application deadline
  • Mid-March        U.S. applicant finalists notified
  • April                   Interviews at Wallace House for U.S. applicant finalists
  • Early May          Fellowship offers extended

If I am accepted, can I continue to work?

If accepted, you will need to take a leave of absence from your work to focus on the fellowship. We understand that our Fellows may have work that is completed but not yet published when the academic year begins. That is fine. But you may not continue any active work or accept any new assignments for the duration of the fellowship.

Also, we expect you to take a leave from any regular or frequent professional work attached to your journalism; i.e., media commentary or analysis, blogging, speaking or promotional engagements.

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