The Program on Resilient Communities at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) has been learning from communities in the Philippines since 2017 with an emphasis on disaster readiness and climate change. Marginalized Communities living in fragile spaces (environmental and social fragility) are at greater risk of the impacts of climate change and disaster. This vulnerability has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This knowledge challenges them to continue to expand their area of expertise and find partners who can help them engage with these marginalized communities and represent their specific needs.

Researchers and authors are requested to submit papers on the experience of any marginalized or vulnerable communities in the Philippines during the pandemic. Authors will get a chance to present their papers at a virtual symposium hosted by the HHI in October 2021.

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Each paper must focus on the COVID-19 pandemic experience of any marginalized or vulnerable communities in the Philippines. These communities include, but are not limited to:

  • The Lumad or other indigenous communities
  • Coastal and remote communities
  • The elderly
  • Persons with disabilities (PWDs)
  • GBTQ+ population
  • Communities living in poverty

Length and Formatting:

  • The paper should be between 5 and 10 pages in length. Page limits do not include all charts/graphs, references, or appendices.
  • Papers must be submitted in MSWord (DOC or DOCX)
  • Font should be Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing
  • Data, publications, and all other documentation must be cited appropriately.
  • The title page must include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address.
  • Include an abstract of no more than 200 words and brief author bios (not included in page limit)
  • Include page numbers and the paper’s title in the header or footer




  • HHI will select the best papers among the submitted entries. The authors of the chosen papers will be invited to present at a symposium hosted by the HHI in October 2021.
  • This activity does not involve a cash prize, and the papers would remain solely the property of the authors. Selected papers may be published in the author’s name by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.


  • Current graduate students at the master or Ph.D. level, preferably affiliated with universities in the Philippines
  • Scholars with a doctorate / Ph.D. degree
  • University/college faculty doing research on these subjects, with a special preference for junior faculty
  • Each paper must be an original analysis and must be the author’s own work. Papers previously published are not eligible.

Note: Preference will be given to authors who are of Filipino descent or are affiliated with Philippine universities. Papers written by more than one author are permitted.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: September 20, 2021

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For Further Queries

For inquiries, please contact Mark Toldo at [email protected]
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