Faculty Research Funding

Faculty members at GU-Q are engaged in a number of funded research projects, studying topics of interest to Qatar or issues of international importance. GU-Q Research is funded through both internal funding sources, international sources, and receives funds from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). For more information about the programs available and application procedures please browse this page.

Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)

CIRS is a premier research institute devoted to the academic study of regional and international issues through dialogue and exchange of ideas, research, and scholarship. CIRS also engages with national and international scholars, opinion makers, practitioners, and activists to produce and publish research and reports. The institute awards research grants for empirically-based, original research on Gulf-related issues and the broader Middle East to selected faculty. Opportunities also include the annual GU-Q Faculty Fellowship, and Faculty Workshops, which CIRS can support up to one per academic semester.

External Funding Sources

Global Engagement Faculty Grants

Global Engagement Faculty Committee, nominated by the provost and the executive vice presidents of the Law and Medical Centers, meets twice a year, in March and October, to consider proposals. All programs are open to all full-time faculty across all of Georgetown’s campuses, as well as Georgetown University in Qatar. The short descriptions below link to more detail about the programs and the streamlined application process. See the link below for application deadlines.

  • International Collaborative Grants support joint conferences, workshops, or seminars involving at least two full-time Georgetown faculty and at least one foreign collaborator. These grants, of up to $15,000, cover eligible economy travel and meeting expenses.
  • Global Humanities Faculty Seminars support speaker series around issues of culture, identity, narrative, and power that cut across national boundaries. These grants, of up to $12,500 each, are co-sponsored by Georgetown College.
  • The Campion Hall (Oxford) Residency enables extended faculty research stays at Oxford, typically for one semester or during the summer.

Qatar National Research Fund Grants (QNRF)

The QNRF is the main national research funding body in Qatar. QNRF provides grants that build human capital in Qatar, benefit the nation, region and the world, and raise Qatar’s profile within the international research community. Grants for faculty are provided through several funding programs, including the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and the Conference and Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP), and the Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP). Further details can be viewed on the QNRF website.

International Funding Sources

Faculty are encouraged to seek funding from outside funding bodies. In the past, faculty members have received funding in the form of fellowships and grants from Harvard University, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, the University of Texas at Austin, the U.K.’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the Private Enterprise Development for Low Income Countries (PEDL) Initiative at the U.K.’s Centre for Economic Policy Research, among others.


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Learn From Peers

Faculty have recieved a number of external international awards. To see a sampling of what they have recieved, see our awards page.