Application Process

Notice 11/4/2014: Due to the number of strong applicants the decision has taken longer than originally expected. The leadership team has been working hard. Please have some patience.


The fellowship is open to early career tenure-track faculty who have not yet received tenure and promotion at a U.S. institution and are interested in developing research in natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in any relevant field of the natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs. We seek applications from faculty in academic departments with doctoral programs, as well as from those in non-doctoral programs that have demonstrated a capability to prepare students for research careers. We encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in the hazards and disaster field—including women and racial and ethnic minorities.


Up to 20 fellows will be selected. Representative activities include writing scholarly articles, book proposals and grant proposals. The fellowship covers travel expenses for program activities, including three required workshops, and offers a modest stipend.

Application Materials

  • Application form. Download by clicking here.
  • A curriculum vitae including, but not limited to, current contact information, current and past appointments (with dates), educational background, professional experience, publications (completed and in progress), and honors and awards received.
  • A description (1 page, single-spaced maximum) of any significant research you have done beyond the dissertation and whether or not it has been published.
  • A description (1 page, single-spaced maximum) of current research & teaching interests, their connection to risk, hazards, disasters, or other extreme events (or potential for making such connections), and how this fellowship program would fit into longer-term career goals.
  • An endorsement letter from your home department/program chairperson (or equivalent).
  • An academic reference letter from someone familiar with your personal and professional qualifications. In many cases, this would be your Ph.D. advisor, but need not be that person.

We may contact your reference as part of the selection process.

Application Deadline

Application materials for the 2014 fellowships must be received in digital form (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf only, as a single file) by midnight (Eastern time zone) on September 24, 2014, to Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process and will be announced in late October, 2014.