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Urban Resilience SRN Opportunities

Educational and Employment Opportunities

The UREx SRN is hiring staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate fellows and undergraduate students across the network. Watch this space for opportunities.

2021 Grad Grants

The Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) offers its Grad Grants program in support of graduate student research. Grad Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students conducting research within UREx cities on some aspect of urban resilience research. These projects do not necessarily have to be part of current UREx SRN research activities, but priority will be given to work that: a) compliments and potentially enhances ongoing UREx research (i.e., task forces or working group projects); b) emphasizes collaborative research among graduate students across UREx cities; and/or c) offers ways to extend UREx research into other research projects and networks.

2020 awardees are not eligible for this competition as individual applicants but can apply as a collaborative applicant.

Allowable Expenses

The grants will be for up to $4,000 for research proposals with preference given to multi-student collaborative research projects. Funds may be used for any category of expenditure (e.g., subsistence for self or wages for an undergraduate research assistant, materials/supplies, equipment, local travel for fieldwork, and laboratory fees). Funds cannot be budgeted for expenses related to coursework (tuition, course textbooks, etc.), and graduate RA monies are also not supported under this program. Students interested in funding for conference travel should apply to their local UREx team separately, as those funds are awarded outside of the UREx Grad Grant program.

Monies for subsistence will be awarded as a stipend with awardees responsible for taxes on this amount of funding. All other awards will be managed through UREx SRN, and awardees will work with the UREx Project Manager and appropriate staff to spend the awarded funds as per their budget. Awarded monies should be fully spent by May 31, 2022.

To Apply

Proposals should be submitted via email to the UREx SRN Project Manager, Angela Grobstein, at by Friday, May 14, 2021.

The student should arrange for a letter of reference from his/her major professor or advisor to be sent via email to Angela Grobstein. In this letter, advisors should comment on the relation of proposed work to applicant’s thesis or dissertation and should address whether the student has other funding to support the work.

Additional information, including application instructions, can be found on the 2021 Grad Grant RFP. Questions? Reach out to Angela Grobstein (

NATURA: Nature-based solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene

We are pleased to announce a new project extending the work of the UREx SRN. The Accel-Net project, NATure-based solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene (NATURA), offers opportunities for UREx members to participate in global working groups and learning exchanges.

NATURA is a network of 26 networks in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and Latin America working toward collaborative, global solutions that are based on nature-preserving protective ecosystems, incorporating ecological elements or even mimicking nature in built infrastructure. These solutions offer flexibility in the face of changing conditions and provide multiple benefits to society, often at relatively low cost.

Through all-hands meetings, thematic working groups, regional nodes, monthly webinars, learning exchanges, and synthesis writing workshops, NATURA will accomplish the goals of synthesis and data sharing, network coordination, and multimodal mentorship. Learning exchanges are a feature of the network of networks focused on early-career researchers and practitioners. NATURA learning exchanges include five-week visits for faculty, postdocs, or practitioners and 15-week visits for graduate students from U.S. institutions to network partners around the globe. Through collaborative, transnational multi-modal mentoring with partners, international students will be invited to participate in these exchanges, hosted by US networks.

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