Frequently Asked Questions
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a multi-stakeholder global partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and academic and knowledge institutions. It aims to address the challenges of building resilience into infrastructure systems and associated development. Further FAQs about the CDRI can be found at link.
The CDRI Fellowship Programme is an initiative by CDRI to promote research and development on the real-world problems of constructing resilient infrastructure by providing a one-time lumpsum grant of up to US$10,000 (or equivalent). In a year, CDRI offers up to 30 Fellowships. CDRI Fellowship is open to the citizens of CDRI Member countries, without any constraints of educational qualification, affiliation, or professional experience. To apply for this grant, eligible candidates should submit their research proposals through the Fellowship portal.
The CDRI Fellowship Programme aims to encourage research on the problems faced in developing disaster resilient infrastructure. The research outcomes are expected to be practically implementable and should advance the knowledge on disaster resilient infrastructure. These problems should focus on various aspects such as planning, building, maintaining, and recovering resilient infrastructure, life cycle of project development, policy formulation, financing of resilience in infrastructure, etc. Another objective of the CDRI Fellowship Programme is to promote mainstreaming and capacity building in disaster resilient infrastructure
In addition to the Fellowship amount of up to US$10,000, CDRI Fellows will become part of the CDRI’s global network. They may be invited to present their research at the annual International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) hosted by CDRI. Fellows may also be sponsored to present their research outcomes at other prestigious international conferences or seminars.
CDRI Fellowship is open to all citizens of the CDRI Member countries. The candidates can be students, faculty, or researchers from academic institutes; practitioners from government agencies, service agencies, non-governmental organizations, private organizations; as well as community workers. At any time, a candidate can be part of up to two Research Projects under the CDRI Fellowship Programme. There is no criteria of educational qualification or professional experience. However, after selection the applicants will have to obtain a ‘letter of endorsement’ from a recognized academic or research institute/ government organization.
National governments that have endorsed the CDRI Charter are the CDRI Member countries(Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka,Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America). An Updated list of CDRI Members is available here.
Eligible candidates can apply for the CDRI Fellowship Programme irrespective of their level of education, professional background, or current occupation. However, the research topic must be relevant to disaster resilient infrastructure, and applicants have to provide a letter of endorsement from a recognized academic or research institute/ government organization. The applicants need not be related to the institute or organization which issues the letter of endorsement.
You can apply for the CDRI Fellowship at the Application portal. For the 2020-21 application process, key dates of the CDRI Fellowship Programme are as follow:
  • 1 September 2020: CDRI Fellowship is advertised.
  • 15 September 2020: Application portal for the CDRI Fellowship opens.
  • 17 January 2021 (11:59 hrs IST): Application portal for the CDRI Fellowship closes.
The CDRI Fellowship Programme does not intend to provide funding for regular Master/PhD courses. However, all eligible candidates, including Master and PhD students, can apply for the CDRI Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a one-time grant of up to US$10,000 (or equivalent) for each selected research proposal to support and encourage research on disaster resilient infrastructure.
The research areas under the CDRI Fellowship Programme covers all aspects of building resilient infrastructure, life cycle of project development in the disaster context, policy formulation, financing for disasters, developing infrastructure resilience for the community, more inclusive designs, nature-based solutions, technological innovations for building back faster, etc. Topics informed by future perspectives like climate change, social and ecological inclusiveness, renewable energy, etc. in the context of infrastructure are relevant. More details on the thematic areas of CDRI are available here.
For each accepted research proposal, the CDRI Fellowship provides a one-time grant of up to US$10,000 (or equivalent), in two installments. The first installment will be granted after the final acceptance of the Research Proposal by the International Jury. The second installment will be disbursed on the satisfactory performance in the second progress review. This amount is inclusive of all costs, overheads for the endorsing institute, taxes, duties, etc.
The institute/organization which issues the Letter of Endorsement may be paid an administrative overhead up to 15 percent of the Fellowship grant.
CDRI will disburse the Fellowship grant to the applicants in two installments through the Institute/Organization which issues the Letter of Endorsement for the Fellowship application. In the application, applicants should provide all the payment related details obtained from their endorsing institute. CDRI will coordinate with the endorsing institutes for smooth and timely release of the grants to the applicants.
The research projects under the CDRI Fellowship should be completed within 12 months from the disbursement of the first instalment of the Fellowship grant. Generally, no extension is permitted in the duration of the project; however, in extraordinary situations, CDRI may consider an extension of project duration for not more than six months. However, there shall be no increase in the Fellowship amount due to extension of the duration of Fellowship.
The applicants are expected to appropriately acknowledge the CDRI in the research publications arising out of the research conducted under the CDRI Fellowship Programme.
An applicant can be part of up to two research proposals under process at any given time. An applicant cannot be part of third research proposal, if previous two proposals are under review or under ongoing research. A research proposal will be treated as complete only if it has been rejected or a project closure report has been accepted by the CDRI.
A research proposal can have up to five team members. However, the amount of Fellowship will remain fixed at up to US$10,000 for each accepted research proposal. The team members can propose appropriate distribution of grants within application form. CDRI will not intervene in how the Fellowship amount will be distributed among team members.
The Fellowship is open to candidates from CDRI Member countries, and CDRI may collaborate with research organizations to facilitate smooth execution of the Fellowship Programme including due diligence of applicants, transfer of grants, provision of research facilities, review of ongoing research, testing of prototypes or field testing, as required. In the long term, CDRI also intends to collaborate with these organization for capacity building in disaster resilient infrastructure.
Interested applicants should consider following broad aspects while approaching an institute or organization for a Letter of Endorsement.
  • The institute/organization is a recognised/accredited academic or research institute or a government organization.
  • The institute/organization should have relevant department, faculty, and infrastructure to support/review the proposed research (optional).
  • The institute/organization will support in transfer of Fellowship grants from CDRI to the applicants in an effective manner.
Above broad aspects are for guidance. In case, applicants find difficulty in getting response from an institute or organization, they can write to ‘’ with contact details of their preferred institute or organization.
CDRI Fellowship does not intend to provide grants exclusively for attending conferences or travel. Applicants are encouraged to showcase the outcomes from the CDRI-funded project at suitable platforms with due credit given to CDRI as the funding organization. However, for selected high-quality research produced under the CDRI Fellowship Programme, CDRI may, at its discretion, invite Fellows to present their research at certain platforms. CDRI may sponsor applicants for such invitations on case-by-case.
The CDRI Fellowship Programme encourages collaborative research and technology transfer across institutes, organizations, or countries. However, individual candidates must fulfill eligibility criteria.