Information for U.S. Applicants
The application deadline is February 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
What to Prepare
The application process is online. Before beginning the online process, please read this
page carefully. It contains instructions on how to submit your essays, work samples and letters of recommendation.
To apply, you will create a login. You can save your information and return to the application at anytime before your final submission.
There are two parts of the application to complete.
If you are unable to apply online, there is a mail-in option.
Part One of the Application
You will be asked to provide contact information for yourself and your employer, demographic information and answer questions about your journalism achievements and background.
You will be asked to list all positions held since completing formal education, beginning with current employment and following this order:
• Immediate Supervisor
• Annual Salary
Letters of Reference
You will be asked to enter the name, title and affiliation of each person who will submit a letter on your behalf. Part Two of the application requires that the names and email addresses of your recommenders be provided and instructions will be available on how to submit requests to the letter writers.
In this section, you will be asked to upload your essays and work samples. If you would like to change the document or work sample after it has been uploaded, simply upload the revised document in the field of the one you would like to replace.
Projected Study Plan
- You will be required to upload a Projected Study Plan (PDF or Word document).
- Label this file for uploading: 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.
- There will also be a field where you will be aked to summarize your study plan in 10 words or less.
- You will be asked to upload an autobiography of up to 1,500 words (PDF or Word document).
- Label this file for uploading: Autobiography
- Your autobiography should examine the intellectual and social values that shape your work as a journalist. Explore the origins of these values and explain how they contribute or relate to satisfaction derived from journalism.
You may send samples from more than one medium, if applicable.
- You will be asked to upload five articles (PDF or Word document). At least three of these samples should be from the past two years.
- Samples should be formatted to fit on 8.5" by 11" (21.5 x 28 cm) sheets of paper and be in a legible font size when printed.
- Samples must show dates.
- Label your files for uploading: Print Work Sample 1, Print Work Sample 2, Print Work Sample 3, Print Work Sample 4 and Print Work Sample 5.
- You will be asked to upload a list of URL links to your work samples. Submit the list as a Word document and label it: Photo URL list. Include up to ten photographs and at least six of the samples should be from the past two years. Captions indicating dates and places of publication must be included. You are responsible that the URL links remain active through June 2016.
- Optional: Mail samples in CD form. Include up to ten photographs with captions indicating where and when photographs were published. CDs must be clearly labeled with your full name.
- Mail to: Wallace House, 620 Oxford Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- Materials must be postmarked no later than Feburary 1, 2016.
Editors or managers:
- You will be asked to upload a statement of up to 500 words, describing your work and approach to it.
- Label this file for uploding: Description
- You will be asked to upload a list of URL links to your broadcast pieces. Submit the list as a Word document and label it: URL list. Maximum total viewing or listening time should be one-half hour and include work from the past two years. You will also be asked to upload a brief description of the work samples and a statement (PDF or Word document) describing your involvement in each piece. Label this file: Description. You are responsible that the URL links are active through June 2016.
- Optional: Mail samples in CD or DVD format. Include a brief description and a statement describing your involvement in each piece. Label each CD or DVD with your full name.
- Mail to: Wallace House, 620 Oxford Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- Materials must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.
- You will be asked to upload samples equivalent to five print articles or 30 minutes of programming (PDF, Word document or a list of URL links)
- If you are submitting a list of URL links, submit the list as a Word document and label it: URL list.
- You are responsible that the URL links remain active through June 2016.
- If work samples are in PDF or Word document format, label files for uploading: Online Work Sample 1, Online Work Sample 2, Online Work Sample 3, Online Work Sample 4, Online Work Sample 5
- You will also be asked to upload a statement describing your work samples and involvement in each piece (PDF or Word document).
- Label this file for uploading: Online Description
Part Two of the Application
In this part of the application you will enter the names, affiliations and email addresses of the four people who will write your reference letters. You can open Part Two of the application anytime after opening Part One by returning to the main menu.
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 (if applicable) elucidating your qualifications for a Knight-Wallace Fellowship.
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 letter of reference.
If you are a freelance journalist, please submit three professional letters of reference and one personal letter of reference.
Once you enter the contact information of your letter writer, you can send them a request by following the instructions online. A window will open with the email text and you can add an optional personal message. When sending a request to your employer for a letter of support, you may want to specify the requirements in your personal message. To ensure that your full name appears in the message to your recommender, you must complete question 1 (first and last name) in Part One of the application.
Once your request is sent, a confirmation that your recommender has been contacted will appear.
After submitting your application, you will be able to check on the status of your reference letters by logging into the system.
If your recommenders do not receive the email request, please have them check their SPAM box before contacting us.
The deadline for recommenders to submit letters online is February 1, 2016. It is your responsibility to ensure that your letter writers meet this deadline.
Letters may be mailed or faxed directly to us and should be submitted in only one format (preferably through the online system, mailed or faxed). Faxes should arrive by February 1, 2016. Mailed letters should be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.
Mail supporting materials to (if applicable):
620 Oxford Road
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2635
Telephone: (734) 998-7666
FAX: (734) 998-7979
For questions about the application process, email us at apply2KWF@umich.edu