The deadline however for submission is June 23rd, 2017.
Fellowship Description: USAID/OFDA seeks to support the thesis or professional report writing efforts of two Fellows during the summer of 2017. Fellows will be graduate students currently enrolled full-time in accredited North American graduate school programs or North Americans studying abroad in similar graduate programs, in the following disciplines:
- City, Urban, Environmental, or Regional Planning, and
- Architecture or Architectural engineering
Ideally, successful candidates would be first-year, Masters-level, graduate students, in the programs listed above, who are interested in commencing work on a thesis or professional report as a requirement for graduation. The topic of this graduate student research would be focused on any of the following topics of interest:
- Managing the transition of humanitarian shelter to permanent housing
- Linking and incorporating hazard mapping efforts into settlements planning to promote risk reduction
- Post-disaster neighbourhood-level planning efforts designed to promote safer, sustainable, and resilient shelters and settlements
- Post-disaster emergency urban planning to reconfigure disaster-affected settlements to promote risk reduction, increase shelter opportunities, and accelerate recovery
- Measuring the contribution of humanitarian shelter to the recovery of disaster-affected households and/or communities.
- Identification and review of assessment tools (including GIS and open source mapping technologies) intended to better understand and deal with the urban context, thereby informing efforts to support effective and expeditious humanitarian S&S sector activities
- Informal land management and tenure mechanisms that promote risk reduction or ensure occupancy of land and housing for displaced/vulnerable populations.