The graduate program in Disaster Resilience and Risk Management promotes a transdisciplinary learning experience designed to change the way we think and talk about disasters and resilience. With generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Disaster Resilience and Risk Management program offers unique learning opportunities for graduate students. Students will have the opportunity to become part of an interdisciplinary community of scholars who provide a network of support both during their time at Virginia Tech and beyond.

All graduate students can participate in a Disaster Resilience and Risk Management certificate program, participate in workshops, and have professional development opportunities as part of the required program coursework. The program also provides support to improve skills in communication and collaboration across disciplines. The graduate certificate is available to graduate students and professionals who would like to strengthen their disaster resilience and risk management credentials.

The doctoral program is supported by the National Science Foundation’s National Research Traineeship program. Disaster Resilience and Risk Management Scholars have the option to apply for internal Fellowships, which is open to new doctoral students and current doctoral students in their first year:

  • National Science Foundation Fellowship: U.S. citizenship required
  • Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program Fellowship: Open to all students

All Disaster Resilience and Risk Management Scholar applicants must be nominated by a faculty advisor.

  • Scholars are eligible to apply for and complete an internship as part of their program;
  • Scholars are also eligible for student travel grants to support program-related travel (e.g. to conferences or research sites);
  • All Scholars earn the graduate certificate as part of the required program coursework;
  • Scholars who receive Disaster Resilience and Risk Management Fellowships are guaranteed support for two years, where the Faculty Advisor commits to fully supporting the Scholar during their first year on traditional Graduate Assistantships provided by their home department and/or college, or other scholarships or fellowships. The Disaster Resilience and Risk Management Fellowship supports the Scholar during their second year.

Advantages of being part of the Disaster Resilience and Risk Management program:

  • Innovative coursework to develop big-picture perspective
  • Transdisciplinary thinking seminars
  • Stakeholder workshops with community members, local governments, and non-profit agencies
  • Elective courses in infrastructure management, earthquake engineering, computer-based decision support, community resilience, natural hazards mitigation, and more

For more information, visit the Disaster Resilience and Risk Management Graduate Education Program website.

Contact:

Aaron Akers