Global Migration Project Postgraduate Fellowship | Columbia Journalism School

Global Migration Project

The Global Migration Project offers reporting opportunities on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy and more. The project is under the supervision of Sarah Stillman, a staff writer for the New Yorker and a MacArthur Fellow. Teams of postgraduate fellows have reported on immigration and refugee issues in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and the United States.

The project is funded by the Endeavor Foundation.

Project Supervisor Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and staff writer for The New Yorker. Her recent work has received the National Magazine Award, the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” the Overseas Press Club’s Joe & Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism.

Her coverage of America’s wars overseas and the challenges facing soldiers at home has appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New,, and The She taught a seminar on the Iraq war at Yale, and also ran a creative writing workshop for four years at Cheshire Correctional Institute, a maximum-security men’s prison in Connecticut. She is currently reporting on immigration and criminal justice issues.

Current Fellows

Muriel Alarcón, '20 M.A. Science

Muriel Alarcón is a Chilean journalist with a Master of Arts degree in Science and Health Journalism from Columbia Journalism School. Before moving to New York, she worked for magazines that belong to El Mercurio, one of the major Chilean newspapers. She was a staff member at Revista YA, El Mercurio’s women magazine, and also wrote travel stories for Domingo magazine and human-interest profiles for Sábado magazine. She also worked at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s journalism school as a research assistant and as a Professor of the Writing Workshop, the foundational journalism course on story structure.

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Liz Donovan, '19 M.S.

Liz Donovan is a multimedia journalist based in New York City and focused on immigration. She worked as a magazine editor for over a decade before graduating from Columbia Journalism School in 2019. She spent the last year in Paris, France, earning a second master’s degree at Sciences Po’s Journalism School as an Emile Boutmy scholar while reporting on France’s migrant population. She also interned on the climate desk at Agence France-Presse and for France 24’s international daily news program, The Debate. Previously, she has written about asylum seekers in Tel Aviv and investigated how lack of oversight in New York City’s construction industry impacts undocumented workers. In the summer, she teaches reporting and editing to high school students through the School of The New York Times.

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Applying to the Fellowship

The Global Migration Project postgraduate fellowship is an exclusive opportunity open only to recent M.A. and M.S. graduates of the Columbia Journalism School. Those interested in applying should contact Career Services for application instructions and deadlines.