Benefits and Allowances

Full-time employees of Georgetown University receive a comprehensive benefits package designed to assist with the costs associated with living in Qatar, in addition to benefits provided to all Georgetown employees.  Employees are eligible for benefits and allowances based on appointment type, grade level and other terms and conditions applicable to each benefit and/or allowance.

Georgetown University Benefits

  • Medical Insurance provided by CIGNA
  • Dental Insurance (requires employee contribution)
  • Vision Insurance (requires employee contribution)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (U.S. taxpayers)
  • Voluntary Contribution Retirement Plan (U.S. taxpayers)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (U.S. taxpayers)
  • Salary Continuance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance/Survivor Benefits
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Benefits for Employees Working in Qatar 

  • Housing (accommodation) or Housing Allowance
  • Home Leave Airfare Allowance (to cover home leave airfare expenses for the employee and any dependents that have relocated)
  • Transportation Allowance (to cover the cost of commuting within Doha)
  • Educational Assistance for Dependent Children (under age 18)
  • Emergency Travel
  • Non-resident Dependent Travel
  • End of Service Benefit
  • Tax Assistance and Tax Preparation Services (U.S. taxpayers) 

For more information on Qatar benefits, please check the Faculty and Staff Handbook

Coordination of Benefits

Employees who are beneficiaries of certain benefits and allowances through another family member residing in Qatar, might not be eligible to receive the same benefits and allowances from GU-Q. Such benefits and allowances include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Housing
  • Education for Dependent Children
  • Home Leave Travel

All employees are required to complete and update a Benefits and Allowances Declaration Form confirming other sources of benefits. More information can be found in the Faculty and Staff Handbook.

Expatriation and Repatriation

GU-Q will assist in expatriation and repatriation for employees sponsored by Qatar Foundation by covering the following:

  • Expatriation and repatriation airfare for the employee and relocating dependents
  • Expatriation and repatriation travel expenses
  • Shipping and excess baggage

For more information, please check the Faculty and Staff Handbook.