Student Research Funding
GU-Q students are eligible for several sources of funding for research related activities. For more information about the programs available and application procedures please browse this page.
GU-Q undergraduate research and conference travel fund
Grants of up to $3,000 are available to students who travel to conduct field research or to present a paper or poster at a regional or international conference. Grants will cover essential expenses related exclusively to travel. These include: airfare, accommodation, meals, and local transport for the duration of the conference or research activity. Students have used their grants, for example, to do field research in Tanzania or to give a paper at an International Conference on Humanities, Psychology, and Social Science in Munich, Germany.
GU-Q Student Research Assistant Positions
Students have the opportunity to apply for Student Research Assistant positions available through CIRS, the Office of Research, and with individual faculty members. There are also a number of opportunities for students to get involved with funded projects by Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). Such opportunities are posted to students at the start of each academic year or as positions become available.
Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (formerly MESSA) Conference and Journal
Each year, GU-Q students organize and host an undergraduate research conference attended by students from GU-Q, Education City, Qatar University, and from around the world, who present and discuss their research. While the first seven of these conferences focused on the Middle East, the eight conference in March 2019 broadens its focus to include all regions. In addition, AURC plans to publish an online, peer-reviewed journal to showcase selected student papers from the AURC conference.
Classroom Research under mentorship from faculty members
GU-Q offers two opportunities for advanced research training conducted for honors in one of the University’s four curricular majors. Every year, faculty members select each major’s top students and offer them training in the best principles of research in that field’s tradition. Students then author a substantial research paper and present it to the GU-Q community before a decision is made on which papers merit honors recognition. Students can also pursue specialized coursework in the form of completing a certificate that complements a major field of study.
Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
The UREP provides students with an opportunity to develop their research skills, gain experience in team-based collaboration and participate in a real world project under the mentorship of a GU-Q faculty member. There are two application cycles each year with competition deadlines taking place in the Spring and Fall semesters. Further information can be viewed at http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Capacity-Building-and-Development-Programs/Undergraduate-Research-Experience-Program-UREP.
Fellowships and Award Opportunities
Students are encouraged to seek fellowship and award opportunities. In the past GU-Q students have received the ‘Georgetown Environment Initiative Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship’ and the prestigious ‘Palmer Award’ from LeaderShape Institute, among others. Opportunities from Main Campus such as the Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and the center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Services fellowship are also accessible to GU-Q students.