Through the MyCOE / SERVIR partnership the Association of American Geographers and NASA are helping university students living and studying in developing regions conduct long-term research and outreach activities in response to sustainable development needs in their countries.
The MyCOE / SERVIR initiative is developing four separate fellowship programs, each organized around a theme related to sustainable development, to provide participants with the capacity to use geography and geographic technologies to develop their projects. Themes include climate change, food security and agriculture, hazards, disasters and vulnerability and sustainable landscapes.
A separate call for participation will be issued for each program to select applicants who are from and studying in the region where the programs will take place. Two of the programs will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa and two will be held in Asia.
Through the fellowship programs, interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams of university students and their mentors from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are using use geographic technologies for research applications around these themes including GIS, remote sensing and other geospatial and analytical techniques. Approximately 12 to 15 undergraduate or graduate students and their mentors will be competitively selected to participate in each round of the fellowship (approximately 120 participants in all).
Students and their mentors are being offered research stipends, travel support and SERVIR resources to develop projects that use geographic information and technologies as a powerful component to facilitate new kinds of research questions, and enable a network of new scholars to engage in a program that provides a high level educational experience via real hands-on research. Research projects last from 3 to 6 months.
strengthen collaboration among the region’s universities, government environmental authorities, and NGOs to encourage multi-institutional and international approaches that address sustainable development problems through a geographic perspective. It also seeks to strengthen the linkages among MyCOE, the SERVIR system and user communities, particularly new and future users in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.