Faculty Research Grants

On an annual basis, Georgetown University in Qatar awards internal Faculty Research Grants of up to $10,000 to full-time faculty. Projects supported by a Faculty Research Grant are relevant to teaching in GU-Q or otherwise contributes to the intellectual life of Qatar.

Full-time faculty members with appointments to teach at GU-Q for either a semester or a full-year may apply to receive a Faculty Research Grant. Decisions about awards are made by the Dean in the fall semester. Please contact us for more information.


 

Boundaries of Personal Autonomy in Islamic Bioethics in Light of the Debate on Euthanasia

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SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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In progressDescription

This project examines the place and limits of personal autonomy in the realm of Islamic bioethical deliberations in light of the debate on the permissibility of euthanasia. The choice of this example is meant to highlight the perceived tension between individual freedom and religious authority...

Geography of Savings: Evidence from Rural China (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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faculty
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In progressDescription

Prof. Hou explores the reasons behind why the saving rate, generally, is higher in developing countries than in developed countries. The focus of this study is on the non-income factors that most widely weaken incentives for precautionary savings. 

Overcoming Barriers to International Migration (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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In progressDescription

This study consists of a randomized control trial to test whether reducing informational barriers to international migration from Kerala would impact migration decision by households. The first part of this project took place in 2011 when a set of information flyers on potential wages, costs,...

Darfur Allegory (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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In progressDescription

 This grant will allow Prof. Abusharaf to continue work on her book manuscript, Darfur Allegory. Prof. Abusharaf’s manuscript discusses some of the most complex issues in the social sciences and raises questions about the apprehension of diaspora, mediation, border politics, race, color, and...

Gender Differentiation in Intergenerational Care-giving and its Influence on Migration (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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faculty
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In progressDescription

Prof. Hou’s research focuses on the idea that many cultures and religions encourage adult children to act as care-givers to their parents or to their parents-in-law. In general, there is no gender-specificity in this regard, meaning that children are held responsible regardless of gender. The...

Islamic Criminal Law and Human Rights in the Maldives (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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Status: 
In progressDescription

Prof. Siddiqui’s research is on one of the most contentious aspects of Islamic Law, the scripturally legislated criminal punishments (hudud). Recently, the government of the Maldives joined the countries that have incorporated these criminal punishments within their legal system, but have done...

Salafism: Documents and Narratives (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
Principal Investigator(s): 
faculty
Status: 
In progressDescription

Prof. Sonbol focuses on the application of principles of Salafism to state and social institutions, particularly education and philanthropy. She continues her work on a monograph on the subject and to connect that to a book project about the history of the Islamic Sharia. Prof. Sonbol will also...

Sacred Fury: Engaging Religion and Violence in Contemporary Nigeria (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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Status: 
In progressDescription

The essence of this project is to understand the various dimensions of religiously motivated violence in Nigeria with a focus on the Boko Haram movement in northern Nigeria. It involves library and archival research in Nigeria, and the research will ultimately culminate in a book manuscript for...

Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Middle East (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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Status: 
In progressDescription

This research examines the prevailing patterns of civil-military relations in the post Arab Spring Middle East with an emphasis on eight representative case studies, namely Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In each of the eight cases, the...

Africa’s Illiberal State-Builders (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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Status: 
In progressDescription

This project focuses on Africa’s post-liberation movements and their visions of “illiberal state-building” in a changing international system. Since the early 1990s, two opposing paradigms of African politics have competed for preeminence: the optimistic view that saw developing countries...

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