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The fully funded Al Qasimi Foundation’s Doctoral Research Grants encourage scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research toward informing policymaking in the United Arab Emirates. The Grants are open to Ph.D. students from all nationalities studying at an accredited university in the United Arab Emirates or abroad.
The fully funded Al Qasimi Foundation’s Doctoral Research Grants financially support Ph.D. candidates in the research phase of their dissertations. Currently, two awards are available each year for applied research projects that have Ras Al Khaimah as a primary site for data gathering and analysis. The Grant covers all student expenses associated with their field research in the United Arab Emirates, including return airfares, furnished accommodation for up to 12 months, a stipend to cover living costs, and research support. Recipients must to produce one to two working papers as part of the Grant and make at least one presentation to the local research community.
Please note: The Al Qasimi Foundation does not provide general scholarships, grants, or other funding to students planning to enroll in masters or doctoral programs. We also do not offer degrees or courses of study.
Provide opportunities for distinguished doctoral candidates to realize their potential in conducting innovative, applied research while making a positive impact on the Ras Al Khaimah community
Foster high-quality research that supports the development of the region’s research capacity
Build a community of scholars and promote collaboration among highly recognized international universities and national institutions in the United Arab Emirates
Promote cross-cultural exchange that sparks curiosity and new ideas and also facilitates understanding
The minimum eligibility criteria for prospective applicants seeking fully funded Al Qasimi Foundation’s Doctoral Research Grants:
Applicant must be a current Ph.D. student at an accredited university in good academic standing.
Likewise, the applicant must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 85 or IELTS score of 6.5 if English is a secondary language.
Moreover, the applicant must have all Ph.D. coursework completed and be ready to conduct the field research component of his/her dissertation.
Applicant must have a research proposal that is approved (or is in the process of being approved) by the applicant’s advisor and graduate program. The approved proposal should include a literature review and significant detail on research methodology.
The proposed research must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the applicant’s home institution.
The proposed research must focus on the United Arab Emirates, and specifically the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. If the research proposal includes other locations, Ras Al Khaimah must be a significant focus for data gathering and analysis.
Proposed research must address an education, public policy, or closely related social science issue or question. Relevant topics (dependent on research question) may include areas such as education, urban planning/development, public health, economic development, food access, and energy or environmental policy.
If an applicant meets the minimum eligibility criteria noted above, he/she is encouraged to apply for a Doctoral Research Grant. The Grant is merit based as it is measured by academic performance and relevance of proposed research. The applicant’s intended field of study is also considered in the evaluation process, with preference given to those candidates pursuing a degree in education, public policy (such as urban planning, economics, public health, environment), or closely related fields. The Al Qasimi Foundation Directors and Advisory Board serve as the evaluation and selection committee.
The Grant review process is competitive. While the Al Qasimi Foundation receives many excellent and high-quality proposals, only two Doctoral Research Grants are available each year. The proposals chosen for funding represent the innovative ideas that align best with the Al Qasimi Foundation’s overall mission to aid in the social and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah.
In order to apply for a 2019 Doctoral Research Grant through the Al Qasimi Foundation, applicants will need to complete the online application form and send all required documents to [email protected] no later than the extended April 1, 2019 deadline:
Two-page essay in the form of a cover letter outlining reasons why the applicant is pursuing a Doctoral Research Grant. The letter should address (1) prior experiences, coursework, and skills relevant to the proposed field research; (2) how the proposed research aligns with the Al Qasimi Foundation’s mission; (3) what the applicant hopes to gain from the field research experience; and (4) how the field research experience fits into the applicant’s long-term academic and professional goals.
CV or resume outlining educational background, research experience and publications, work experience, honors and awards, and co-curricular activities.
Current official transcript of applicant’s doctoral program (and official transcripts for all completed degrees).
Official copy of a TOEFL or IELTS score report (only necessary for applicants for whom English is a secondary language).
Copy of the approved research proposal or preliminary proposal. Please indicate specific budgetary, facilities, special equipment, or other resource needs required to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should also include information on potential dates and duration of the field research component in Ras Al Khaimah.
Official documentation of IRB approval for the proposed research from the applicant’s home institution
Two letters of reference that address the suitability of the candidate. One letter must be from the applicant’s doctoral advisor and the other should be from another academic. Both letters must indicate the length of time, extent, and nature of the recommending party’s relationship with the applicant.
We will not consider incomplete materials. The online application form and all required documents must be received by the extended April 1, 2019 deadline. For documents which will arrive later than the deadline will be deemed ineligible for funding. The review generally takes 6-8 weeks based on the volume of submissions received. In the meantime, applicants should receive an update by the end of May or early June 2019. Questions regarding Doctoral Research Grants, the application process, or status of a submission may be sent to [email protected].