Columbia Postgraduate Fellowships

We offer fellowships that give recent Journalism School graduates the opportunity to dig into a subject, report and publish their work in major news outlets.

Global Migration Project

Refugee children at a swimming lesson on the island of Lesbos on June 12, 2016. Photo: Fahrinisa Oswald

Refugee children at a swimming lesson on the island of Lesbos on June 12, 2016. Photo: Fahrinisa Oswald

The Global Migration Project offers several reporting fellows the opportunity to pursue stories on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more. The project is under the direction of Sarah Stillman, a writer for the New Yorker, and a MacArthur Fellow.

Last spring, 16 reporting fellows in the program pursued 32 stories about women, girls and migration, particularly on under-reported issues in the public interest. Teams of postgraduate fellows reported on refugee issues in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and the United States.

The project is funded by the Endeavor Foundation and has a non-exclusive publishing partnership with Slate.

Here's a selection of recent stories published by the Global Migration Project:

  • The Washington Post  - "Traveling alone, child refugees are falling prey to exploitation and abuse in France"  
  • The Guardian - "America's child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue"
  • Women’s enews - "Forced into marriage, Syrian teen engulfed by abuse and trauma"
  • CNN - "Starting a business in a refugee camp"
  • The Smithsonian magazine - 
  • Vice - "Raped, threatened, and left to die: How the US fails female asylum seekers"
  • Aljazeera Part 1 & Part 2 - "The woman who washes the dead"
  • Slate - "Days Of Deportation"
  • Frontline -  Child Marriage In America
  • Frontline - In Fight Over Child Marriage Laws, States Resist Calls for a Total Ban
  • Slate - "Gender and Migration Series"

The Teacher Project

The Big Shortcut

"The Big Shortcut" series published in Slate explores the impact of low-quality online classes.

The Teacher Project is an ambitious journalistic effort to report on issues of equity and access in American education, with a focus on teacher voices and perspectives. Three reporting fellows, all recent alums of the Journalism School, work under the supervision of veteran education journalist Sarah Carr. Each year, the school hires a new round of fellows to report on underreported education trends, including its newest series on, “The Big Shortcut,” about schools funneling students to low-quality online courses to boost graduation rates. A previous 2016 Slate magazine series examined race and diversity in American classrooms. The Teacher Project aims to explore important and complicated policy shifts through the eyes of those most affected: teachers and families. It has partnered with Slate Magazine on its Schooled blog, and numerous other outlets. Three of its reporters have been honored with national awards from the Education Writers Association. 

Here's The Teachers Project full list of stories:

  • Slate - The Big Short "The new diploma mills"
  • Slate - "Tomorrow's test series"
  • Slate - "The tragedy in Oaxaca really puts America's squabbles over education reform in perspective"
  • Propublica & Slate - "That place was like prison"

The Teacher Project’s funders include the Carnegie Foundation, the Emerson Collective and the Pinkerton Foundation. Additional funders are being sought to extend the coverage into 2020.


Columbia Journalism School provides material, financial, educational and administrative support. The Teacher Project’s sponsors have no role in the selection of fellows or in editorial decisions. Teacher Project advisors include LynNell Hancock, Steve Coll, Sheila Coronel, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Heather Vogell, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Henig, Doug Ready, Linda Perlstein, Amy Low and Andrea Bueschel. See recent work at the Teacher Project’s Facebook page.

Columbia Journalism Review Delacorte Magazine Fellowship

Columbia Journalism Review's Delacorte Magazine Fellowships offer three reporters one year to pitch, report, and write stories about journalism news and trends for and its bi-annual print editions. In addition, the Fellows participate in the Delacorte Lecture, a series held in the spring semester that examine aspects of magazine journalism by a leader in the field of magazine publishing, and work on an ambitious research project with the goal of deepening the public’s understanding of some key aspect of the magazine industry.

Energy and Environmental Reporting Project

The Energy and Environmental Reporting Project is an intensive, full-time investigative reporting fellowship for four recent graduates of Columbia Journalism School. The fellows work independently and in teams to rigorously examine issues related to the environment and energy resources on an international level. Fellows perform extensive archival, public records and database research, as well as conduct interviews with a variety of sources from government, academia and industry.

The Project advisors are Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, Sheila Coronel, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Marguerite Holloway, professor and Director of Science and Environmental Journalism. The program is supported by the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Energy Foundation, Lorana Sullivan Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, Tellus Mater Foundation and the Tortuga Foundation.

Here's a full list of stories from The Energy and Environmental Project:

  • The Guardian - Export-Import Bank Series "How Obama's cliamte change legacy is weakened by US investment in dirty fuel"
  • The Guardian - Export-Import Bank Series "Obama's dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world"
  • The Guardian - Export-Import Bank Series "Potential Export-Import Bank deals pose grave environmental threat, experts say"
  • The Guardian - Export-Import Bank Series "Export-Import Bank gave $8.5bn to Mexico oil firm despite deadly accidents"
  • The Guardian - Export-Import Bank Series "US has provided $15m in financing to supplier of mines accused of slave labor"
  • L.A. Times - Exxon's Public & Private understanding about climate change "The role a melting glacier played in Exxon's biggest disaster"
Eduardo Garcia

Eduardo Garcia
'16 M.A. Science

Longform Narrative

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Longform Narrative offers two, four‐month fellowships writing narrative nonfiction in association with staff from digital publisher The Big Roundtable. Fellows will publish their behind-the-scenes take on the stories they are covering on Story Lab NYC, which will also showcase the growth and development of two aspiring journalists.