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Call for Applications,Knight-Wallace Fellowship recognizes accomplished journalists who are eager for growth and deeply committed to the future of journalism

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.

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Each year 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.

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.

 

Application Timeline

  • December 1, 2019          International application deadline
  • Mid-January, 2020         International Phase Two invitations extended
  • Late-January, 2020        Interviews for international finalists
  • February 1, 2020            U.S. application deadline
  • February 7, 2020             U.S. reference letter deadline
  • Mid-March, 2020            U.S. applicant finalists notified
  • April 3 & 4, 2020             Interviews at Wallace House for U.S. finalists
  • Late April/Early May      Fellowship offers extended


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