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Applied learning fellowships

The Center for Disaster Resilient Communities is developing a hands-on training in environmental and public health disaster research methods and skills for up to 25 advanced graduate students and early career hazards and disaster researchers a year from across the United States. The goals of this program, Increasing Diversity in and Equitable Access to Applied Learning in Disaster Research Response: IDEAAL DR2, are to:

  1. Increase the knowledge and awareness of environmental and public health disaster research methods and skills among interdisciplinary, early career researchers who are interested in conducting public health-focused hazards and disaster research; and,
  2. Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in hazards and disaster research by offering access to the necessary training, equipment, technology and advising to support early-career researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the development and completion of their own research projects.

The program’s short course will consist of prerequisite readings and online training, an in-person, highly interactive weeklong intensive set of five modules, and an applied research experience. The weeklong in-person component of this research-training program will be held at the University of Washington Seattle campus. During this in-person portion, participants will receive hands-on training in Disaster Research Response methods and skills. After the completion of this in-person component of the course, participants will return to their home institutions to complete their research projects.

As part of the program, the Center will collaborate on the recruitment of Fellows with The William Averette Anderson Fund for Hazard and Disaster Mitigation Education and Research, also known as the Bill Anderson Fund (BAF), which is the premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting underrepresented minority scholars in hazards and disaster research. BAF IDEAAL Fellows will be matched with dedicated advisors, also recruited in partnership with the BAF, and granted an annual stipend to design and implement a collaborative research project leading to a publishable manuscript over the course of the year.

Additional details regarding this program, including application timelines and processes, will be released in winter quarter 2024.