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CCRIF-UWI Undergraduate Scholarships 2022

CCRIF-UWI Undergraduate Scholarships 2022

CCRIF is offering four scholarships per year to students entering their second of three years in any of the following 10 undergraduate programmes of study:

Mona Campus:

  • Faculty of Science and Technology for a major in Geography or Geology
  • Faculty of Humanities and Education for a major in Geography
  • Faculty of Engineering for a degree in Civil Engineering

Cave Hill Campus:

  • Faculty of Science and Technology for a degree in Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Technology for a degree in Meteorology

St. Augustine Campus

  • Faculty of Engineering for a degree in Civil with Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering for a degree in Land Management
  • Faculty of Food and Agriculture for a major in Geography
  • Faculty of Food and Agriculture for a degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management
  • Faculty of Food and Agriculture for a degree in Disaster Risk Resilience in Agriculture and the Environment
  • Faculty of Social Sciences for a special management studies degree in Insurance and Risk Management

Each scholarship is valued at US$4,000 per year (2nd and final year). Students must apply at the end of their 1st year. Students must be registered at one of the UWI campuses and pursuing select degrees related to DRM, civil engineering, geography, geology, environmental management etc. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of 1st year and this must be maintained during their 2nd and 3rd years.

To apply for one of these scholarships, visit the scholarship section on your campus website to obtain the application form then submit along with the other relevant documents to the Office of Student Financing. 

Additional information can be found here

The following campus websites include information about the CCRIF-UWI scholarships and other opportunities: 

Using Risk and Early Warning System Perceptions to Increase Self-Protective Behaviour in the Caribbean - Online Survey

Activation of Early Warning Systems (EWS) in the Caribbean is a priority to increase disaster resilience in the region. The Department of Geography at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (The UWI), in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the UWI’s Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC) is spearheading a project to understand, analyse and increase the perception of risk and EWS in the Caribbean.

The project will be conducted in fou r countries - Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. The approach will be multidimensional in order to determine and analyse perception differences across varying demographics, islands, and hazards. The data collection instrument will be an online questionnaire. Data collection for this project is set to begin on Monday, March 21, 2022. Questionnaires will be disseminated predominantly on social media.

Respondents from the target countries can participate in the study by clicking on the respective link below.

Jamaica -

Saint Lucia -

St Vincent and the Grenadines -

Trinidad and Tobago -

Participation in the survey is completely voluntary.  Please feel free to share with your family, friends and colleagues who reside and/or work in these four islands.

Following the data analysis and interpretation of findings, a virtual conference will be held to communicate the results to relevant public and private sector stakeholders.

The output of this research is region-specific data that will be used to customize risk communication and EWS messages, specifically for Caribbean societies and the respective hazard. This research seeks to create more effective communication techniques and strategies for early warning systems across the Caribbean region, which is vulnerable to a wide range of disasters.

Eruption of La Soufriere St Vincent and the Grenadines

For the latest information on the eruption of La Souf. go to

What are the development options for volcanic SIDS?  This paper examines issues faced in risk-sensitive development planning on St Vincent and the Grenadines:

“The Dilemmas of Risk Sensitive Development on a Small Volcanic Island”

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

The Disaster Risk Reduction Centre invites you to a symposiom on

Recognizing the Contribution of Women to Disaster Risk Management in the Caribbean for International Day for Disaster Reduction 2020 OCTOBER 13, 2020 @ 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. (Jamaica Time)


Join us on You Tube  at :


  1. CDEMA IDDR - Elizabeth Riley
  3. Panel Discussion_DAV-Deborah Villarroel-Lamb
  4. Women in DRR_Draft cbforuwi-Clair Bernard
Forum: Hurricane Resistant Construction for Householders

The Disaster Risk Reduction Centre in partnership with the Jamaica Institution of Engineers hosted a public forum on Hurricane Resistant Construction for Householders October 23 2019. The forum, which was sponsored by Jamaica National General Insurance Co., examined ways in which small buildings can be made more resistant in the context of increased numbers of major hurricanes in the Caribbean.

CDEMA Hurricane Dorian Situation Report

Major Hurricane Dorian, the 1st named hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season, formed on Saturday August 24, 2019. At the peak of strength, Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane had sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts of up to 220 mph. Estimated rainfall was 12-15 inches, and storm surge 18-23 feet above sea level.

As a Tropical Storm, Dorian placed four (4) CDEMA Participating States - Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica - under Tropical Storm Warning and one (1) CDEMA Participating State - British Virgin Islands under Hurricane Warning. The impacts on these five (5) states were negligible to minimal. Hurricane Dorian significantly impacted the north-western Bahamas islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama and the surrounding Cayes.


Open Campus Staff receive Disaster Risk Management Training

Sixteen staff members from the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (The UWI) are now receiving online training to facilitate development of risk reduction plans for their facilities. The members are being trained in various aspects of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) planning. The training follows the extensive damage caused by Hurricanes Maria and Erma in the Eastern Caribbean in 2017, particularly the severe hit to the Open Campus in Dominica, and the decision by Open Campus management to undertake a risk reduction programme. The training supports and strengthens the UWI’s resilience-building agenda.

Participants will receive training in vulnerability assessment; hazard assessment; disaster risk reduction; recovery, resilience building and contingency planning and on conclusion will possess skills to develop a DRM programme for Open Campus facilities.

The six week course is organized by the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC) and the management of the Open Campus and is being facilitated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

During the course, some of the training material developed in the recently completed Global Affairs Canada funded Enhancing Knowledge and Application of Comprehensive Disaster Management (EKACDM) project implemented by the DRRC will be piloted.



Ms. June Barbour

Institute for Sustainable Development

13 Gibraltar Camp Way

Mona Campus

The University of the West Indies

Kingston 7 


Tel: 876-9771659


Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Symposium

A symposium will be held this Saturday September 8, 2018 being presented jointly by the Jamaica Red Cross and the UWI, in honour of the 70th Anniversary celebrations of both organisations. Please see the attached flyer and programme below. There is no charge to attend. 

Follow this link for Symposium Programme

EKACDM Newsletter


SMART Heatlth Care Facilities

As the Caribbean continues its journey towards resilience and sustainability, securing greener and smarter spaces is vital. Health care facilities in the Caribbean are being assessed to determine their safe and green standard, through the SMART Health Care Facilities in the Caribbean project. The Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC), Institute for Sustainable Development, the University of the West Indies has been contracted by the Pan American Health Organisation to conduct the Mid-term performance evaluation of Phase II of the project.The SMART (safer and greener) Health Facilities in the Caribbean project started in May 2015. It is being implemented in seven Caribbean countries: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines over a period of five years. It is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The evaluation by the DRRC will provide a deeper understanding of the quality of implementation, the effectiveness of the project outputs and contribution to achieving the desired outcomes, sustainability and relevance to health sector resilience.  These are expected to contribute to reduction in vulnerability to disasters; inform future phases of the project; and provide experiences/best practices for other developing countries.

This phase of the project seeks to support governments of the most vulnerable countries in the Caribbean to assess and prioritize strategies to reduce vulnerability within health facilities and promote safe, smarter and more environmentally friendly facilities. The facilities are being assessed for disaster safety, adaptation to climate change, water and energy improvements, providing a road map for investments. The results will be incorporated within the national risk exposure database of each country. 

Phase II of the project is based on a highly successful pilot initiative, SMART Healthcare facilities in the Eastern Caribbean, Phase I. In phase I, a toolkit with resources for identifying and implementing practical and measureable Smart (safer and greener) building design, operations and maintenance solutions applicable to the Caribbean region was developed. The Toolkit has a step-by-step guide for Hospital Safety Index (HSI) and Green Checklist to identify areas of risk or for improvement in a health facility. The kit facilitates the assessment of large, medium and small size facilities. Other tools included in the kit are a Baseline Assessment Tool (BAT) and a Retrofitting Economical Support Tool (REST) survey conducted by Florida International University, to assist users set priorities and help to inform the selection of healthcare facilities for retrofit.

The evaluation, which will focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, will cover the period 2015 to 2017, the first three years of the project. It will be conducted over a twelve (12) week period.