The University of Michigan is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1817, the university is the oldest and largest in Michigan; it was established twenty years before the territory became a state. Michigan is a founding member of the Association of American Universities.
Since 1871, Michigan has been a coeducational institution. Today it enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate students and 18,000 graduate students. The university consists of 19 colleges and offers degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels in some 250 disciplines. Michigan also has two regional universities, one in Flint and one in Dearborn, as well as a center in Detroit. Undergraduate admission to the university is categorized as “most selective” and the university is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”.
The university’s alumni include 8 domestic and foreign heads of state or heads of government; 47 U.S. senators; 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives; 42 U.S. Cabinet secretaries; 41 U.S. governors; and 26 living billionaires. As of 2022, Wolverine athletes have won 188 medals at the Olympic Games.
The University of Michigan is a large, four-year, residential research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program comprises the majority of enrollments and emphasizes instruction in the arts, sciences, and professions with a high level of coexistence between graduate and undergraduate programs.
The Knight-Wallace Fellowships offer accomplished journalists two rare commodities: time and resources. Journalists who are eager for growth and deeply committed to the future of journalism spend an academic year at The University of Michigan to access the resources of a world-class university and dive into a journalism project. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, sharpening professional skills, addressing a challenge facing the applicant’s newsroom, digging into data and research for a long-term reporting project or developing a journalism venture.
The university selects up to 20 Fellows from all facets of journalism who are ready to take the next career step and join them in Ann Arbor for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- $85,000 stipend plus $5,000 for relocation expenses distributed monthly from August through April for living expenses (costs for health insurance, auditing courses, and participating in required workshops and fellowship activities paid for by Wallace House).
- Private seminars with newsroom leaders, change agents and world-renowned experts for candid, off-the-record conversations.
- Workshops to sharpen professional skills and leadership ability.
- Spouses and partners are invited to participate in fellowship activities and audit university courses as well.
- 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. They 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.
- Journalism Project Proposal.
- Personal Statement.
- Work Samples.
- Two references.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link