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Fellowship: Disaster and Hazard Research and Mitigation

Posted on May 14, 2018


The William Averette Anderson Fund was created to expand advanced studies in the field of Disaster and Hazard Research and Mitigation within minority communities with the initial focus on increasing the number of African American scientists, practitioners, and policymakers.


Eligibility for participation in the William Averette Anderson Fund Fellowship is based the following criteria:

  1. Graduate Students committed to the mission of the William Anderson Fund.
  2. African American and other historically underrepresented groups in the field of Hazards and Disaster Research and Mitigation, or from a community disproportionately affected by hazards or disasters.
  3. The BAF is focused on students newly enrolled in PhD programs or those who are in and/or finishing the first year in their PhD programs. 


William Averette (Bill) Anderson spent his career working to understand and mitigate the causes and consequences of hazards risk, and in particular, to understand and address the extent to which marginalized groups are among those who suffer the worst consequences when disasters do strike. As a gifted researcher, scholar and educator whose tenure included esteemed positions at the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the National Academies and Arizona State University, Bill served as a mentor and role model to countless new researchers and practitioners in the field. He also fought to ensure that funding be dedicated to studying vulnerable populations and ensuring that women and people of color be recruited into all hazards professions – from frontline hazards management to critical hazards research.

The vision of the Bill Anderson Fund—created in Bill’s honor and memory—is that the diversity of the hazard and disaster field be reflective of American society.

The mission of the Bill Anderson Fund is to expand the number of minority professionals in the field of disaster and hazard research and practice.

Students and early career professionals working in the fields of disaster and hazard mitigation and emergency management come from diverse educational and work backgrounds, including the following:

  • Architecture
  • Climate Change
  • Community Resilience
  • Economic Development
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Faith-based InitiativesFinance
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Logistics
  • MedicineMeteorology
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
  • Psychology/Mental Health
  • Seismology
  • Sociology
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work
  • Urban Planning

Apply here.