Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship

Inspired by the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, the Wallenberg Fellowship is awarded in the spring of each year to a graduating senior of exceptional promise and accomplishment who is committed to service and the public good. The fellowship provides $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation.

What are the benefits?
The Fellow will engage in a self-designed and self-directed area of exploration or project of experiential learning. Through an active and immersive year-long experience, and by connecting in meaningful ways with the lives of other people and communities, the Wallenberg Fellow will prepare to make a difference in the world.

Why Should I apply?
This is a rare, fully funded, leadership opportunity that will allow a student to gain deep access to a community and connect with people and cultures in a real way, in order to impact his or her life moving forward.

What is it not?
This experience does not have to be research based.

Who is eligible?
Graduating seniors in good academic standing. Applicants must have graduated by the time the fellowship begins in August 2014.December graduates are eligible to apply.

What is the timeline
• Oct 10: Wallenberg Information session (1028 Dana, 5-6pm)
• Oct-Nov: Work on fellowship proposal, application, and collect 3 letters of recommendation.
• Dec. 9: Submit all application materials to Kimberly Smith in PitE by 8:00AM
• Dec. 18: SNRE/PitE select up to 2 students to nominate for final round submission.
• Dec. 19: Successful applicants will be notified of nomination, and will be able to polish and refine application materials for final round submission.
• Jan. 22: Final round application materials due to Kimberly Smith in PitE
• Feb. 1:  SNRE sends 2 nominations to Provost Office for final round submission.
• Mar: Wallenberg Fellow publicly announced

Who was Wallenberg?
This Fellowship honors Raoul Wallenberg (B.S. Arch. ’35), one of the most illustrious graduates of the University of Michigan. At U-M, Wallenberg was recognized for the excellence of his academic work, his eagerness for knowledge of the world and for understanding others, and for his intrepid independence and resourcefulness. He left Ann Arbor resolved to be actively engaged in life. Ten years later, as a Swedish diplomat during World War II, Wallenberg coordinated the rescue of tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest. He disappeared after he was arrested by Soviet authorities. One of the great heroes of the 20th century, Raoul Wallenberg shows that even under the most daunting circumstances, one person can make a difference.

Application (PDF)

Students must submit application materials as one PDF document, and must include the following materials:

  1. Application form
  2. Project proposal (1,250 words max)
  3. Project budget that details the costs associated with the proposed activities
  4. Personal statement (1,000 words max)
  5. 3 letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, mentors. Up to 2 can come from outside the university.
  6. Curriculum vitae or résumé
  7. Unofficial UM Transcript, and any transcripts of other post-secondary study, including summer school.
  8. Supplemental materials are appropriate

Please see the Provost's Council on Student Honors for details about each of the required application materials, or click here to view a print-friendly version of this information.

Letters of Recommendation

In addition to these 6 materials (PDF), students must also request letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be provided by faculty, advisors, or mentors, and must EACH be accompanied by the recommendation form. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation and must ensure they are submitted by the due date.


The PDF materials and all letters of recommendation must be emailed to Kimberly Smith (ksmithz@umich.edu) by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013

Selection Process
Application is a two-stage process. Seniors must apply to the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship (RWF) contact in their school or college. Students in the Program in the Environment can apply through the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). Members from the SNRE and PitE Scholarship Committees 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.


Application form

Project budget

Recommendation Form (for letter writers)

Wallenberg Fellowship Description (from U-M Provost's Office)


For more information about the Wallenberg Fellowship or other International Fellowship Competitions, please visit the Provost's Council on Student Honors: http://www.provost.umich.edu/scholars/scholarships/wallenberg.html