Making tomorrow’s infrastructure sustainable and resilient requires investments in high caliber research and innovation today. Recognizing the need for solutions in DRI, the CDRI Fellowship Programme was launched in September 2020 with a vision to develop a global multi-disciplinary pool of future-ready professionals from CDRI Member Countries who would help shape a resilient future for global infrastructure systems. A 12-month seed grant, the Fellowship provides financial support as well as peer learning and capacity development opportunities to foster transformative, actionable and scalable solutions for real world issues related to disaster resilience of infrastructure.
Promising solutions with demonstrated applicability and potential for scale emerging from the Programme will be disseminated through the Coalition’s network and opportunities for their implementation across contexts will be identified.
First Cohort (2021-22): The first Cohort of CDRI Fellows comprising 21 teams from nine Member Countries (Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Peru, Thailand, UK, and USA) have completed their Fellowship, generating a rich array of knowledge products and solutions covering diverse hazard conditions.
Second Cohort (2022-23): A total of 15 teams from 11 Member Countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, India, Chile, Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka, UK, and USA) are in the process of researching and designing solutions to address specific issues impacting the resilience of existing and new infrastructure.
Third Cohort (2023-2024): The overarching theme for the third edition of the Fellowship Programme is ‘Inclusive and Resilient Infrastructure Amid Global Transitions,’ focusing on people-centered solutions, capacity building, social infrastructure, interdependent infrastructure systems, and urban infrastructure resilience. The awardees were announced at ICDRI 2023