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...

Presentations at two International Conferences in London, UK and in Dakar, Senegal (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

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

Prof. Reynaud will present at two conferences: one in the United Kingdom organized by the Leverhulme International Network and titled, “Childhood and Nation in World Cinemas: Borders and Encounters since 1980,” and the other at the international colloquium organized by the Conseil International...

Arabic Heritage Learners Corpus (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

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

Prof. Fazza aims to compile the first Arabic learners corpus, which are collections of authentic texts generated by native or non-native language learners accumulated in electronic format, of Arabic heritage learners. The Arabic Heritage Learners Corpus (AHLC) will comprise collections of...

Overcoming Barriers to International Migration (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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Status: 
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,...

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

Funding source: 
SFS-Qatar Faculty Research Grant
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faculty
Status: 
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. 

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...

Darfur Allegory (Faculty Research Grant 2015)

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

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...