BAF Fellows
Former and current Bill Anderson Fund Fellows at the 2019 Natural Hazards Workshop. ©Natural Hazards Center, 2019.

The Natural Hazards Center is pleased to support the Bill Anderson Fund search for its next cohort of fellows. The 2021 application period is now open and seeking historically underrepresented minority (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous/Native American) PhD students who are in the beginning of their academic programs. Access the application form by July 7, 2021 to apply.

About the BAF

The William Averette Anderson Fund—often referred to as the Bill Anderson Fund or the BAF—is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to expand the number of historically underrepresented professionals in hazards and disaster research and practice. They are committed to reducing the disproportionate burden of environmental hazards in communities of color.

What They Do

Each year the BAF Fellows program establishes a new cohort of 10-20 students from different universities and academic disciplines throughout the United States and provides them with professional development training, mentoring, and a network of support. This program prepares Fellows to become leaders who are well-equipped to produce meaningful social change on complex issues of inequality. Additionally, their Fellows-led Collaborative Communities Initiative works to develop training curricula to prepare students to conduct community-engaged research and technical assistance projects that address emergency preparedness, hazard mitigation, and other locally identified needs within marginalized communities.