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 advisement 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 Advisor 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

Jiahui Huang, ‘22 M.S. Stabile

Jiahui Huang is a bilingual investigative journalist who has reported in the U.S., the United Kingdom and China. She started her career in her native China covering foreign affairs, technology, business and social justice for The Guardian and Reuters. In the U.K., she interned for charities in Liverpool before moving to New York, where, in 2022, she graduated from the M.S. Stabile investigative-reporting program at Columbia Journalism School. Her most recent stories have focused on migration, climate change and gender. Reporting in New York, she has investigated the invisible victims of Hurricane Ida and covered undocumented workers. She has also written for Eurasianet about issues in Central Asia and China.

Samantha McCabe, ‘21 M.S. Stabile

Samantha McCabe is a 2022 graduate of the M.S. Stabile investigative-reporting program at Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she is an investigative journalist and community engagement enthusiast who has reported on issues involving gender, climate change and politics. She previously worked for The Globe and Mail in Toronto, the Southeast Asia Globe in Phnom Penh and Wisconsin Watch, in Milwaukee, where she wrote features exposing social inequities and worked on ways to better integrate audience engagement into the newsroom.

Janelle Retka, ’22 M.A. Science

Janelle Retka has spent her career reporting in Southeast Asia and the rural U.S. before relocating to New York City, where she was a 2022 graduate of the M.A. in Science program at Columbia Journalism School. Her work explores the human experience of climate change, mental health, health care access and general science; previously, she reported on education. In addition to print journalism, she has a passion for illustrated reporting. She was a 2020 Society for Professional Journalists award recipient and 2021 Education Writers Association fellow.

Recent Stories

A construction worker pushes a wheelbarrow in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Nov. 2, 2022, after Hurricane Ian devastated the area on Sept. 28, 2022. The workers doing the hard labor are largely undocumented migrants. Many are perpetual nomadic workers, traveling from one natural disaster to another, toiling by day and sleeping in cars and trucks at night. (Eva Marie Uzcategui / AFP via Getty Images)

A warming planet is creating a booming and loosely-regulated disaster restoration industry, powered by Toxic Labor. – FUTURO MEDIA

With terrorism in mind, an OSHA policy was born. But decades later, it’s failing to protect workers who respond to climate-fueled catastrophes. – THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY

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.