Pan-Asia Risk Reduction Fellowship Program

The Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program provides promising young researchers and professionals, working on urban and disaster risk reduction under global environmental change, with a unique opportunity for learning, training, and networking. Fellows are selected from Asia-Pacific institutions to participate in a yearlong fellowship, including an immersive three-month stay at a host institution in Asia. In order to maximize opportunities for learning and exchange, each host institution mentor takes on a lab group of two to five fellows with different, but complementary skillsets. Fellows contribute to their host institution and mentor’s interdisciplinary research projects. In addition, inception and culmination meetings will be held to create spaces for the entire fellow cohort, and home and host institution representatives, to interact, discuss their research projects, and develop their research network.

The PARR Fellowship Program has two aims: 1) to increase capacity in early career researchers and professionals in Asia-Pacific for designing and implementing urban and disaster risk reduction solutions; and 2) to develop an active Asia-Pacific network of urban and disaster risk reduction researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.

Fellows will engage in two types of research experiences.

  • Type 1: Collaborative research with their lab group on their host institution’s interdisciplinary project.
  • Type 2: Individual or collaborative research that simultaneously builds on what was learned at the host institution and meets a home institution research need.

Prior to traveling to host institutions (at the beginning of the Type 1 research experience), fellows will draft a concept note proposing research they will conduct upon return to their home institution (Type 2 research experience). In drafting the concept note, fellows will envision a research project that is in the same vein as the research project they will contribute to at their host institution, and is adapted to meet the research needs of their home institution.

Once fellows have completed their three-month residency, they will submit a full research proposal, taking into account what they learned while at the host institution. Upon approval of their research proposal, fellows will commence work on their project (Type 2 research experience) at their home institution for the remainder of the fellowship period. Fellows will have the option of designing an individual or collaborative research project.


All PARR fellows are eligible to receive a small grant to carry out their research in Phase 3, and will be provided with host and home institution mentorship to support them in completing their research once they return to their home institutions. Small grant awards are dependent upon approval of the fellow’s research project proposal and budget. Fellows seeking to design collaborative research projects may have the option to pool their small grant awards.

asia_philippines_manila_slumFellows will produce either an article to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, or a policy- or community-oriented document or tool. All fellows will draft at least one blog piece, and will be supported in producing other project-relevant communications outputs so that fellows gain experience in communicating science to a wide variety of audiences.

Following completion of their fellowship, fellows become members of the PARR Alumni Network, which they are encouraged to contribute to and leverage in their future research endeavors.

The PARR Program is a currently led by an international alliance of science-focused, research, education and capacity building organizations that share a common goal and complementary track records for advancing resilience and sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Learn more about the 2014/2015 PARR Fellowship inaugural round and meet the Fellows.

For more information on the PARR Fellowship Program, contact Niki West at

Last Updated on December 1st, 2015




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