Call for Applications: IRDR Young Scientists Programme

Introduction
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) calls forenhanced role of science and technology for evidence based decision-making. It also urges the need for innovation and partnership, which is linked to practise and diverse stakeholders. IRDR, with its mandate for integrated and trans-disciplinary research, would like to promote capacity building of young professionals, and encourage them to undertake innovative and needs based research which makes science-policy and science-practice linkages stronger.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness among young scientists about Sendai Framework implementation and provide opportunities for further engagement through the Young Scientists Program on DRR.
  • Collate existing research knowledge on DRR and identify research gaps and priorities in relation to the Sendai Framework Priorities for Action
  • Identify opportunities to fund continued multi-disciplinary research by young scientists and early career researchers
  • Provide technical support to promising young researchers in DRR fields
  • Build and foster strong and dynamic networks among worldwide experts and institutions in DRR fields
  • Develop, over time, a community of high-quality young professionals that can provide support for policy making decisions related to DRR

Eligibility
To be an IRDR Young Scientist, following are the necessary criteria:

  • Age: Less than 40 years on the date of application
  • Nationality: There is no bar on nationality
  • Affiliation: The candidate needs to be affiliated with an academic program (either master or doctorate) either as a student or as a young faculty.
  • Research subject: The subject of research needs to be related to disaster risk reduction and its link to broader environment and development issues.
  • Endorsement: must be endorsed by academic supervisor (for student) or head of the department /graduate school (for the young faculties).
  • Duration: Minimum 1 year, and maximum 3 years.  The applicant can make their choice, and the final decision will be made by IRDR.

Programme benefits
Once selected, as fellow can be an “IRDR Young Scientist” for a period of maximum three years. The fellow will receive the following benefits:

  1. Link to IRDR network of professionals and practitioners
  2. Access to IRDR Scientific Committee (SC) for academic support / advice
  3. Participation in IRDR related training programs (there would be a different selection process for each of the training program)
  4. A certificate for IRDR Young Scientist upon successful completion

 

Responsibility of IRDR Young Scientists

  • Contribute to innovative research in the field of disaster risk reduction
  • Be the ambassador of IRDR in different conferences and/or social media
  • Develop and contribute to networking of young professionals
  • Submit a 6-month report of activities in the prescribed format of IRDR-Acknowledge the contribution of IRDR in the academic paper, thesis etc.

Application

There will be a selection process based on the eligibility criteria, and once finally selected by IRDR, the applicant would get a notification. The call for application is twice per year.

The applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Application Form
  2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  3. Detailed Research Plan (10 pages Maximum)
  4. Recommendation/Endorsement Letter from the Supervisor
  5. Copy of Student/Faculty ID Card

 

Submission
The applicants should submit the materials to connect@irdrinternational.org before 10 December, 2016.