Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowship

Wallace House is once again turning our Fellowship model outward with the Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowships, a remote-format, working fellowship program for the 2021-22 academic year that will fund ambitious reporting projects focused on the major challenges of our time and responses and efforts toward a reimagined future.

We are offering ten Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowships for accomplished journalists with different backgrounds and experience to report on our most pressing issues, from social shifts precipitated by the pandemic to the nation’s deep political divisions to persistent social justice issues surrounding race, ethnicity and inequality. Selected Fellows will not be required to leave their news organizations or places of work. This remote fellowship will maintain our multidisciplinary approach and cohort-based philosophy.

Published or produced work is a requirement of the Reporting Fellowship. Applicants must submit a detailed reporting proposal related to the seismic challenges we now face. Areas of focus can include but are not limited to science and medicine, the economy, law and justice, business, race and ethnicity, education, inequality, technology, the environment, and entertainment and recreation. Areas of coverage can be local, national or global.

We hosted a Q&A webinar on February 19 to discuss the application process. Interested applicants and newsroom editors who would like to know more about this opportunity can watch the recording on the webinar on-demand here

A Q&A webinar for editors was held on April 1 at 12:30 PM ET. You can watch the recording of the webinar here. 

Read the Reporting Fellowship news announcement »

A Working Fellowship

The Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year is a working fellowship featuring

  • An eight-month program focused on supporting ambitious, in-depth, innovative journalism projects examining our most pressing public challenges including but not limited to social shifts precipitated by the pandemic, the nation’s deep political divisions and persistent social justice issues surrounding race, ethnicity and inequality
  •  A remote structure that allows reporters to remain where they live
  •  A cohort of ten Fellows selected from a pool of experienced journalists from a variety of beats and expertise
  • A $70,000 stipend to support reporting and fellowship participation dispersed monthly from September 2021 through April 2022
  • An additional $10,000 in supplemental support to cover extra costs including health insurance, reporting equipment and travel-related expenses 
  • Weekly remote seminars with University of Michigan faculty and subject matter experts from a wide range of fields
  • Professional development and supplemental skills workshops
  • Subject to public-health guidance, one-week Fellowship Cohort sessions held at Wallace House on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor with travel, lodging and hosting expenses covered by the program
  • A year-end symposium at the University of Michigan highlighting work produced during the fellowship

Who Should Apply

This program is open to staff, freelance and contract journalists. Applicants must have at least five years of reporting experience and the work history and editorial support to manage a major, long-term project.

Applicants must be either a U.S. resident or a legal resident residing in the U.S. or its territories.  Uncertainty around international travel and visa restrictions makes it difficult to sponsor non-U.S. residents at this time.

Applicants who are staff journalists at established media outlets must be able to demonstrate managerial support to focus on an in-depth reporting project for their organization and participate in all fellowship activities from September 2021 through April 2022, the period of the fellowship.

Freelance journalists who apply must have a record of high-level work for established media outlets. Freelance applicants must also have a detailed proposal of where they would place the project, or if possible, an organization committed to publishing the reporting project

Published or produced work is a requirement of the fellowship. The output should match the proposed project and form of journalism. For instance, a documentary filmmaker might complete one film during the period of the fellowship; a long-form magazine writer might produce one or two published pieces; a community-based or enterprise reporter might produce a project that appears weekly or monthly. The fellowship is not intended to support daily beat reporting that would be produced regardless of fellowship support. It is also not intended for book writing.

All work produced during the fellowship will be owned by the media organization for which it is produced and will carry an agreed-upon acknowledgment of support by the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists at the University of Michigan.

Journalists selected for the Reporting Fellowship are still eligible to apply for the traditional residential Knight-Wallace Fellowship in the future. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply for the Reporting Fellowship through our online portal. It will be open until May 3. Applicants should read this section carefully before starting an application.

In addition to providing professional background information, a resume and three work samples that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the project, applicants will be required to submit:

  • reporting proposal of up to 800 words addressing a coverage topic or project they plan to report and implement during the fellowship. Proposals should be broad enough to allow for deep exploration and storytelling over eight months but focused enough to provide structure.
  • Details on where the reporting will be published or broadcast
  • personal statement of up to 600 words examining the applicant’s inspirations and motivations to apply for the Reporting Fellowship
  • For journalists employed by a news organization, written confirmation from the employer that the applicant will be permitted to make the fellowship reporting their primary focus
  • For freelance or contract journalists, if possible, written confirmation from a news organization partnering with you on your work. If you have not secured a publishing partner, please provide a realistic proposal for potential published partners.
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of two professional references who can speak to the applicant’s ability to produce and complete high-quality work within the time frame of the fellowship

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Application Timeline

Q&A webinar with Wallace House Director, Lynette Clemetson, and Associate Director, Robert Yoon was held at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT on February 19You can view the Webinar on-demand here.

A Q&A webinar for editors was held on April 1 at 12:30 PM ET. You can watch the recording of the webinar here. 

The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm ET 11:59 pm, May 3.

Deadline for responses from two professional references is May 7

Reporting Fellowship offers will be extended at the end of June.


When is the application deadline?

Applications are due before 11:59 pm ET on Monday, May 3.
Responses from two professional references are due on Friday, May 7.

Who is eligible to apply?

Journalists applying for this special fellowship must have at least five years of reporting experience and be currently working in some aspect of journalism for a news organization or as an independent journalist.

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