Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) is an international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). SHEAR focuses on four areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making.

The SHEAR Studentship Cohort (SSC) consists of funding for 13 PhD studentships and aims to complement and integrate further the current SHEAR-funded projects, with a particular focus on providing the students with excellent opportunities to gain transferable skills, to conduct original and scientifically excellent research, and to contribute to impact creation beyond the existing SHEAR projects.

ELIGIBILITY

The NERC eligibility criteria apply for most of the studentships but a number of international studentships are available. For more details on eligibility and university entry criteria, refer to the description of individual projects listed below.

HOW TO APPLY

The studentships are hosted by 5 different UK universities, listed above. Click on the university to see a list of projects, and on the project title to get a document with more details about each project, including contact details. Contact individual project supervisors for further information about the application procedure.  

Students are allowed to apply for more than one project. However, if you apply for projects supervised by different supervisors, then you should make supervisors aware. This will not affect your chances of winning a scholarship.

The deadline for application is 15 October 2017. However, projects for which no suitable candidate has been found by the deadline will continue to be advertised in the list above, until the position is filled. Studentships will start in February 2018 at the latest.

Background of the SHEAR programme

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) is a £19 million, five-year (2016-2021) international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The overall SHEAR programme focuses on four thematic areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making. The programme is targeting lower to middle income countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. SHEAR currently funds via their first call 4 Consortium Grants, each of which has a budget of approximately £2M and began in September to December 2016 for a four-year duration.

Current SHEAR funded projects
AcronymTitleLead PI and institute
 Landslide EVO Citizen science for landslide risk reduction and disaster resilience building in mountain regions Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College London
 LANDSLIP Landslide multi-hazard risk assessment, Preparedness and early warning in South Asia: integrating meteorology, landscape and society Prof Bruce D Malamud, King’s College London / Dr Helen Reeves, BGS
 FATHUM Forecasts for AnTicipatory HUManitarian action Dr Elisabeth Stephens, University of Reading
 ForPac Towards Forecast-based Preparedness Action: Probabilistic forecast information for defensible preparedness decision-making and action  Prof Martin Todd, University of Sussex
Table 1 - Consortium Grants
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