There are a number of fellowships supporting graduate research on disasters and natural disasters. One is the Gilbert F. White Graduate Research Fellowship in Natural Hazards Mitigation at the University of Colorado. The Fellow will serve as a Research Assistant at Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center and is open to any graduate student in a relevant social science discipline.
Once you finish your PhD, you could be eligible for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth, Environmental and Ocean Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. This Fellow joins researchers at the Observatory working to understand the dynamics of the earth’s chemical, physical and biological systems, including natural hazards and disasters. The 21-month fellowship includes a $5,000 research allowance on top of an annual stipend of $52,000.