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Eligibility & Application

Darius Moore, 2021 Fellow

Overview

All graduating seniors from U-M are eligible to apply for the Wallenberg Fellowship!  Please review the eligibility and application information below for more details.  Questions should be directed to your Campus Contact or wallenbergfellowship@umich.edu.

Academic Year: Applicants must be in good academic standing and in their final undergraduate year. December and May graduates are eligible to apply. The fellowship recipient must graduate by the time the fellowship begins (see timeline below).

  • Note: You can only apply once. If you have questions about the best year in which to apply, please consult with your school/college's Wallenberg Contact.

Citizenship: Applicants may be of any citizenship. 

GPA Requirement: There is no minimum GPA, but academic record will be reviewed and taken into consideration. 

Applicant Qualities: Applicants should show evidence of qualities necessary for successfully completing an independent year-long project.  Examples include:

  • seriousness of purpose; 
  • interest in and openness to others; 
  • eagerness to learn and curiosity about the world; 
  • self-reliance, poise, and maturity; 
  • and creativity and resourcefulness. 

Fellowship Timeline: Fellowship support will start on August 15 in the year of graduation and last between eight and twelve months, ending no later than August 14 in the year after graduation. 

Application

Your application should include the following:

  • Application Form
  • Project proposal of no more than 1,250 words
  • Budget that details the costs associated with the proposed activities; Use this Budget Template
  • Personal statement of no more than 1,000 words
  • Up to three letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, or mentors including this Release Form
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé
  • Transcript(s)
  • Supplemental Materials 

Application Process and Deadlines 

Application is a two-stage process. Seniors must apply to the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship (RWF) contact in their school or college. (See Campus Contacts.) Each school or college will review applications and may forward up to two nominations to the Wallenberg Fellowship Selection Committee, comprising representatives from the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, Rackham, LSA, Engineering, and others.

Schools and colleges have an internal deadline in December or early January for reviewing applications in time to submit two finalists to the campus-wide selection process by January 15th.

Fellow Selection

The Wallenberg Fellowship Selection Committee will choose three finalists to interview for selecting the Raoul Wallenberg Fellow by the first week in February. The Raoul Wallenberg Fellow will be recognized at Honors Convocation in the Winter Term.