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 direction 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 and has a non-exclusive publishing partnership with Slate.

Project Director 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 Global Migration Fellows

Adriana Carranca, '18 M.A. Politics

Adriana Carranca is a Brazilian journalist based in New York. She was the recipient of the 2018 Overseas Press Club Scholars Award and Harper’s Magazine Scholarship. Her articles have appeared at The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Slate, among others.

Previously, Adriana worked as a reporter for Brazil’s daily newspaper, O Estado de S. Paulo, covering a range of issues, from elections to conflicts, humanitarian crisis and human rights in Brazil and on assignment to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, Gaza Strip, D.R. Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico, Haiti and elsewhere. She is a contributing op-ed writer for Brazilian media.

Adriana has four non-fiction books published in Brazil: “Entre Sonhos e Dragões” (“Between Dreams and Dragons,” 2017 Jabuti Prize, Brazil's literary award), a fairy tale based on the real stories of three Afghan girls; “Malala, a Menina Que Queria Ir para Escola” (“The Girl Who Wanted to Go to School,” 2016 award for best informative book and best emerging author, by the Brazilian National Association of Children and Youth Books) about the childhood of Pakistani Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai; “O Afeganistão Depois do Talibã” (“Post-Taliban Afghanistan”), an account of the decade of war in through the eyes of eleven Afghans; and “O Irã Sob o Chador” (“Iran Under the Chador,” shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize, co-authored).

Isabela Dias, ’18 M.S

Isabela Dias, ’18 M.S., is a Brazilian journalist from Rio de Janeiro, currently based in New York. She recently received her master’s degree with honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on long form storytelling and social justice reporting. Previously, Dias worked as a digital content producer and editor for Globo, one of the largest media companies in Latin America, and as a reporter for the online and print editions of the daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. She additionally studied at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle, in Paris. As a Global Migration Project Fellow, Dias is reporting on gender and migration issues. Her latest work includes a piece on immigrant survivors of domestic violence for Slate.

Eileen Grench, '18 M.S.

Eileen Grench is a dual Panamanian-American citizen and was an Olympian at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Before journalism, Grench worked in the non-profit sector, as a healthcare worker, and was a professional athlete. In 2017, she was able to achieve her longtime dream of attending the Columbia University School of Journalism. Now, Grench works on investigations which hold the powerful accountable and tells intimate stories of migration. At the Global Migration Project, her stories so far have focused on the lives of Central American women as well as inequities in migrant women's health.

Recent Stories

Guardian story

The Guardian - "Their Daughters Were Held at The Border - Then The Blackmail From Fake ICE Agents Began"

Teen Vogue Preview

Teen Vogue - "These Female Reporters Bring News to the World's Largest Syrian Refugee Camp"

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.