Funding Sources

Faculty members at SFS-Qatar are engaged in a number of funded research projects, studying topics of important to Qatar's national interests or issues of international importance. SFS-Q Research is funded through both Internal Funding Sources & International Sources and receives significant funds from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

SFS-Q faculty and students are eligible for several sources of funding for research related activities. Fore more information about the programs available and application procedures please browse this page.

Qatar National Research Fund


National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) is an initiative of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) that aims to build human capital in Qatar, fund research to benefit the nation, region, and the world, and raise Qatar's profile within the international research community.

Visit our NPRP page to view projects funded by NPRP.
Learn more about getting funding and applying to NPRP.



Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

Student research at SFS-Qatar is funded through the Qatar National Research Fund's (QNRF) dedicated student research fund - the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). The UREP aims to stimulate undergraduate research opportunities in Education City by funding student-driven and student-conducted research projects on topics of relevance to Qatar’s national development.

Visit our UREP page to view projects funded by UREP.
Learn more about getting funding and applying to UREP.



Conference and Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP)

The Conference and Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP) aims to promote collaboration between researchers in Qatar with their peers and colleagues, both at home and abroad, by exposing researchers or students to new research directions, findings, and education techniques. The grant allows for the convening of meetings of relevant experts to discuss matters of significance to Qatar’s national interests, and provides an excellent opportunity for faculty and students to expand their research projects.

Visit our CWSP page to view projects funded by CWSP

Internal Funding Sources

Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)

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.

For further information visit the CIRS website.


Georgetown University in Qatar

Georgetown University in Qatar Faculty Research Grant (FRG)

Full-time faculty members with appointments to teach at Georgetown University in Qatar for either a semester or a full-year may apply to receive an internal grant to support their research work.




Other Funding Sources


Office of Research Services, Georgetown University

Based on main campus, the Office of Research Services 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.

For further information visit the ORS website.


Freidheim Fund

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.


Community of Science (COS)

Community of Science (COS)

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.

For further information visit the COS website.


National Science Foundation

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.

For further information visit the NSF website.