Opportunities for Research Funding
SFS-Qatar Faculty are eligible for several sources of funding for research and related activities. For more information about these programs and application procedures, please contact Ivanka Hoppenbrouwer, Grants and Research Development Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Local Funding Opportunities
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant (FRG)
Full-time faculty members with appointments to teach at SFS-Qatar for either a semester or a full-year may apply to receive an internal grant to support their research work. Proposals for research that will result in a published work or that is relevant to teaching or otherwise contributes to the intellectual life of Qatar will be given priority. Decisions about awards are made by the Dean in the fall semester. Please contact John Crist for more information.
Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)
Established in 2005, the Center is a premier research institute devoted to the academic study of regional and international issues through dialogue and exchange of ideas, research and scholarship, and engagement with scholars, opinion makers, practitioners, and activists. CIRS sponsors major studies of regional and international relations, political economy, and domestic politics of the Gulf. Through its occasional papers and other publications, CIRS also seeks to engage in in-depth examination of ideas and issues of contemporary academic and policy significance.
Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)
As part of its effort to attract and retain good faculty, the Qatar Foundation funds research by faculty in Education City on topics broadly in service of Qatar’s social and economic needs. The NPRP sponsors at least two competition cycles annually. Projects in engineering and technology, physical and life sciences, medicine, the social sciences, humanities and the arts are eligible. The NPRP encourages projects that involve collaboration with institutions outside of Qatar.
Qatar National Research Fund Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)
Recognizing the importance of introducing research in undergraduate education in Qatar, UREP engages undergraduate in hands-on research activities under the mentorship of faculty at educational institutions in Qatar. UREP sponsors at least two competitions annually.
Administered jointly by SFS-Main Campus and SFS-Qatar, the Freidheim Fund supports Georgetown faculty to travel from Washington, D.C., to the SFS campus in Doha to pursue research and teaching opportunities. The grants generally range from $2,500 to $5,000. A committee convened by the Dean of SFS-Qatar and the Dean of the School of Foreign Service evaluates proposals and selects recipients annually. Please contact Ivanka Hoppenbrouwer for more information.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. The Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF/SBE) seeks to frame innovative research for the year 2020 and beyond that enhances fundamental knowledge and benefits society in many ways.
Community of Science
The Community of Science is an online resource for scholars and researchers with tools that help you identify sources of funding, find colleagues with similar research and publication interests, and promote your work among those who share your expertise. In particular, COS maintains the most comprehensive database about funding opportunities for research across all academic disciplines. With the Funding Alert service, you can also receive weekly updates about developments in the funding communities closest to your own work.
Office of Sponsored Programs, Georgetown University
Based on main campus, the Office of Sponsored Programs is available to help you identify potential sources of funding for research, to assist with the preparation of application materials for submission, and to ensure that your work complies with university, professional, and national regulations.