The deadline to apply is midnight February 1, 2018
Applications for the Class of 2018-19 will be available in September 2017.
What to Prepare
Please read this page carefully as it contains instructions on submitting the required documents, work samples and reference letters to successfully submit your application.
- To apply, you will create a login. You can save your information and return to the application at any time before your final submission.
- If you are unable to access the online application, please contact us and we can make arrangements for a mail-in option.
You will be asked to provide contact information for yourself and your employer, demographic information and to answer questions about your journalism achievements and disciplinary background. You will also be asked to upload several documents including a resume, personal statement, study plan and work samples.
In this section you will be required to upload three documents. The content and format are described below.
1. Professional Work History/Education/Awards
Upload a resume following the format below. Include all positions held since completing formal education.
- Dates of employment
- Dates attended
- Name of award
2. Projected 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. What benefit will this plan have for you, your employer or the field of journalism, following the fellowship?
- There will also be a field for you to summarize your study plan in 15 words or less.
3. Personal Statement
- You will be required to upload a personal statement of up to 1,500 words. This statement should examine what inspires you as a journalist including your life experiences, professional interests and core ethical values. How have these factors influenced your decision to submit an application for a fellowship at this point in your career? What are your professional aspirations and how do you expect the fellowship to help you attain those goals?
You may submit samples from more than one medium in the accepted formats as indicated in the application. At least three samples should be from the past two years.
- Print/Digital: Up to 5 samples including dates of publication.
- Photography: Up to 10 photographs with captions indicating when and where photographs were published. At least six of these photographs should be from the past two years.
- Broadcast: Maximum viewing or listening time should be a total of 30 minutes highlighting work from the past two years. Include a brief description 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. In addition to the statement, you may also submit stories or projects and include a description of your role in the piece.
- Graphic/Visualization: Up to 5 samples including dates of publication.
Letters of Reference
You will be asked to enter the name, affiliation, title and email address for each person you will ask to submit a letter on your behalf. Upon submission of your application, a link and instructions on how to upload the letter will be sent to the email address you provide.
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 elucidating your qualifications for a Knight-Wallace Fellowship. If you are unable to obtain this letter, please explain why on the application and send an additional professional letter of reference.
- 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 professional letter of reference.
Freelancers may submit three professional letters and one personal reference letter.
Once your request is sent, a confirmation that your recommender has been contacted will appear. After submitting your application, you can check on the status of your reference letters by logging into your Submittable account. If your recommenders do not receive the email request, please have them check their SPAM box before contacting us. All letters must be received by February 1, 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that your letter writers meet this deadline.
For questions about the application process, email us at apply2KWF@umich.edu