Courses & Study Plans

At the center of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship experience is a focused study plan that takes advantage of all the resources available at the University of Michigan, one of the world’s best institutions of higher learning.

Each fellow is assigned an academic advisor, carefully selected to best match his or her area of interest. Together, you and your advisor design a personalized study plan that may involve a combination of classes, individual study and informal seminars. And while you’ll be urged to take classes that fuel your intended study topic, we also strongly encourage you to try things you’ve only dreamed of.

You have the resources of an outstanding university at your feet and, even more precious, the time to make the most of it. So dust off the parts of your brain that haven’t been used in years and trot them out into the sun. Push yourself as a writer and take a stab at screenwriting or fiction. Find your inner rhythm in African drumming. Take to the stage with an acting class or curl up with a course on Great Books.

Over the years, our fellows have been surprised to find that discovering their inner artist or exercising new parts of their brain, can have tremendous impact on their approach to journalism. A feature writer credits his ice skating classes with freeing him to focus on a story idea that went on to win a Pulitzer. And there’s no end to the number of books that began as sparks during the Knight-Wallace study year.

This is your time. Dream big.

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