Connecting beyond borders: A fellowship program on disaster risk reduction in Asia

Between 2014 and 2018, the Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) fellowship program provided a unique opportunity for learning, training, and networking to early-career researchers and professionals working on urban disaster risk reduction.

Fellows from seven countries participated in the yearlong fellowship experience which included an immersive one- to three-month stay at a host institution in Asia.

“PARR provides a cross learning experience to young professionals and practitioners. It is a unique process, which nurtures these young talents by engaging them in action research and exposing them to state-of-the-art disaster risk reduction facilities in the host institutes.” Professor Rajib Shaw, Keio University, former IRDR Executive Director.

What were the highligths of the fellowship? What impact has it had on the fellows’ career and approach? We asked the fellows to share their insights. 

START led two PARR fellowship rounds, with the support of USAID, the United States National Science Foundation, the Oscar M. Lopez Center, the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, the IRDR International Center of Excellence (ICoE) Taipei, and strategic direction from the PARR Alliance, a consortium of science-focused research, education, and capacity building institutions in Asia.

Explore the first issue of START’s ProSus Magazine to learn more about the PARR program, and read interviews and research highlights.

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