Congratulations to Austin Rose, Andretta 2017 Fellow

After the Journey: Integration of Migrant Children in the United States

Project Description: Austin will research the distinct ways that unaccompanied migrant children are integrated (or not) in different regions across the United States. His research will focus on legal status as a mechanism of integration, but will also explore the ways that health care services, education, and sports facilitate the integration process. To carry out the research, Austin will conduct interviews with migrant children and their guardians, attorneys, judges, politicians, and community organizations. He will absorb lessons from the various regions he visits, ultimately hoping to compile a list of policy recommendations for the various stakeholders that interact with migrant children. 

Austin Rose is a junior in the College majoring in Government and pursuing a certificate in Latin American Studies. His passion for working with the immigrant community was sparked in high school when he began volunteering at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, helping to represent unaccompanied migrant children from Central America. He expanded upon this passion at Georgetown, where he co-led the Kino Border Immersion Alternative Breaks trip and assisted with a report published by the Center for Social Justice on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in Washington, DC. After graduation, Austin plans to go law school and become a public interest immigration lawyer.

Read Austin's case study, In the Child's Best Interest: The State of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Recommendations for Reform. 

About the Fellowship

Through the David F. Andretta, MD, Explorer Fund, a rising senior is awarded $5,000 to conduct research on a social justice research issue anywhere in the world during the summer. David Andretta (COL ‘99, GUMC ‘04) was an adventurous soul and a true son of Georgetown. Throughout his 31 years of life, David enthusiastically explored the world. David was a loving son, husband, brother, mentor and friend known for his hard work ethic and zest for life, and his legacy will be embraced and extended by each successive fellowship recipient.

The fellowship is awarded annually to a Georgetown University junior who seeks to spend the summer before senior year exploring an aspect of the world through an academic research project. The applicant must find a faculty sponsor who is willing both to critique and recommend the project prior to the application’s filing and to review and approve the project upon its completion. In addition, the research project must:

  • have clearly defined goals and objectives;
  • serve to advance social justice and be conducted in an empathic manner;
  • engage local cultures and peoples;
  • incorporate an outdoor activity as part of the journey; and
  • be conducted with the intention of publication.

The recipient receives $5,000 for travel, lodging, meals or sustenance. The award is given in two allotments: $3,000 at the beginning of the summer and another $2,000 upon the successful completion of the research project. To meet that objective, this year’s recipient must: commit at least eight weeks to research during the summer; submit a five-page summary report outlining his/her work and conclusions by September 1st; submit a copy of the final report to the faculty sponsor and to the Executive Director of the the Center for Social Justice no later than September 1st, and present their project to the Georgetown community in a CSJ-sponsored forum during the fall semester.

The Andretta Fellowship has been reopened! The application is due Monday, November 27th at 11:59pm. 

Find the Summer 2018 Andretta Fellowship Application, and learn about the 2018 Andretta Project Proposal description

Questions about the fellowship or the application should be directed to at CSJ's Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Jennifer Rosales. 

CSJ extends its gratitude to Georgetown colleagues serving on the review committee.

Read about past Andretta fellows and their research.