Program Details

Purpose of the Program

As a relatively small subset of many different disciplines, the interdisciplinary hazards/disasters/risk field relies on a continuous influx of young scholars simultaneously committed to their own disciplines and to the theoretical and applied aspects of hazards, disasters, and risk. This is a combination that can be awkward in a today’s traditional academic climate, and thus a program that helps solidify a newer scholar’s interest in, and commitment to, hazards/disasters is essential. The Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program fosters research that is crucial to advancing knowledge in the hazards/disasters/risk field, as well as ensuring that the next generation of interdisciplinary scholars has a foundation for development.

The overall goal of Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program is to support the career development of an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars working in the hazards and disasters field at research universities.

The eight core objectives in support the overall program goal include:

  • Identifying and recruiting a diverse cohort of well-trained, early career academic researchers who either have already begun, or have an intention to undertake, cutting edge research about the socio-technical aspects of the interrelated areas of hazards/disasters/risk;
  • Identifying and recruiting a diverse cohort of leading academic researchers in the hazards/disasters/risk field to serve as committed mentors to the cohort of junior faculty Fellows;
    Developing a highly focused and effective mentoring and training program for the junior faculty Fellows in order to enhance their knowledge and expertise in support of their current and future research efforts;
  • Providing guidance to the Fellows, through the planned workshops, mentoring system and additional learning opportunities, on the development of research proposals for funding by federal, state, and private entities;
  • Providing continued engagement opportunities for the cohort of Fellows for ongoing research presentation and learning opportunities during the program period to foster continued interest in and commitment to hazards/disasters/risk field;
  • Supporting the Fellows in framing, writing, and publishing research in highly regarded disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals by assisting the mentoring process;
  • Providing guidance to the Fellows in assistance with the mentors as to how the fellows can make key contributions to both the broader hazards/disasters/risk field, as well as retaining a key identity in their respective disciplines, a point of considerable concern for junior faculty in the promotion and tenure process; and
  • Assisting in the development of a Fellow’s key research project idea such that a Fellow will be able to submit a complete funding to the NSF or other similar agency, or that the idea is able to be published as a research article, or both.

Fellowship Description

Ten leading scholars will provide mentoring in hazards and disasters research for up to 20 competitively selected fellows. 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.


Fellows are selected through a merit-based, competitive process. After the application deadline, the proposals will be reviewed by a committee and those receiving the highest rankings across a variety of disciplines will be invited to participate.

Selection & Review Process

1) Receipt of Applications.
All digital applications must be submitted electronically by midnight (Eastern time zone) on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014. As they are received, each applicant will receive an e-mail confirming that the digital file has been received. If the application is not complete, it will receive no further review. Applicants will not be notified if elements are missing.

2) Interdisciplinary Review.
An interdisciplinary review panel will be convened in October, 2014, to create a ranking of the remaining proposals and to select fellowship recipients.

4) Notification.
Fellows will be notified in late-October, 2014, by phone call and e-mail. Fellows’ bios will be included on the project website.

5) Contractual Agreement.
Fellows will sign an agreement of fellowship obligations. If you are accepted, but cannot attend any of the meetings or fulfill other requirements, please let us know immediately so that an alternate fellow can be selected.

Products Required of Fellows

Fellows will be expected to complete and submit at least one funding proposal, as well as work on manuscripts. As part of this support, Fellows will be required to participate in online forums and events, as well as the following workshops (all travel covered by the fellowship):

1) Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Research Workshop #1: Denver, CO, February 6/7, 2015.

2) Annual Natural Hazards and Applications Workshop & Research Meeting: Broomfield, CO, tentatively June/July 2015.

3) Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Research Workshop #1: Location TBD, February 5/6, 2016.