Dissertation Fellowships in Hazards, Risk, and Disasters
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The Dissertation Fellowship in Hazards, Risk, & Disasters Program is administered by a partnership between The Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center and The Public Entity Risk Institute with funding from Swiss Re and the National Science Foundation. The 2004 fellowships were funded by the National Science Foundation, which established the program. In 2006, Swiss Re sponsored 2 fellowships for work in the physical sciences and the National Science Foundation and provided funding for 6 fellowships across all disciplines for work in any relevant field of the natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs, such as environmental studies. In 2009, NSF funded an additional 3 years of the PERISHIP Program and we will award up to 7 fellowships each year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. .

The Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center

The Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado is a national and international clearinghouse for information on natural hazards and human adjustments to them; it disseminates information, hosts workshops, conducts research, and maintains a library in an effort to increase communication among hazard/disaster researchers and those working to reduce disaster losses.



The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, and related legislation, 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq., and was given additional authority by the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 1885), and Title I of the Education for Economic Security Act (20 U.S.C. 3911 to 3922). The Act established the NSF's mission: To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.


The Public Entity Risk Institute

PERI was involved in the establishment of the fellowships, although the status of this organization has changes. On September 30, 2011, the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) closed its offices in Fairfax, VA. The PERI Board of Directors met recently to determine the future direction of the refocused organization and will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in January 2012. PERI seeks to identify a partner organization to advance risk management through leadership in the public sector.


Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the leading global reinsurers and is a recognized expert in the field of risk and capital management. Core business segments are: risk transfer, risk finance and asset management.