Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation is offering two doctoral research grants for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Grants are open to PhD students from all nationalities studying at an accredited university in the United Arab Emirates or abroad.
The 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.
Applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 or IELTS score of 6.5 if English is a secondary language.
Course Level: Grants are available to pursue PhD research in the United Arab Emirates.
Study Subject: Grants are awarded for research toward informing policymaking in the United Arab Emirates.
Number of Awards: 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.
Scholarship Award: 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 are expected to produce one to two working papers as part of the Grant and make at least one presentation to the local research community.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 are expected to produce one to two working papers as part of the Grant and make at least one presentation to the local research community.
Scholarship can be taken in the United Arab Emirates or abroad
Eligibility: The minimum eligibility criteria for prospective applicants seeking Doctoral Research Grants:
- Applicant must be a current PhD student at an accredited university in good academic standing.
- Applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 or IELTS score of 6.5 if English is a secondary language.
- Applicant must have all PhD 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.
Please note: The following research areas do not qualify for Doctoral Research Grants because they are not considered policy-related: business or marketing, agronomy, engineering, IT or computer science, laboratory-based or scientific studies, and medical degrees.
Nationality: Candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this grant.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicant must be a current PhD student at an accredited university in good academic standing.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirements: Applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 or IELTS score of 6.5 if English is a secondary language.
How to Apply: The Al Qasimi Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. To apply, please complete the online application form and submit all required materials. Before applying, please review the grant policy manual. In addition, a new online submission form is expected to launch the first week of February 2017. All submissions for this calendar year will be expected to complete the new online form.
Only applications submitted through the Al Qasimi Foundation website using the online application form will be reviewed and considered for funding. Applicants will be contacted should additional information be required, so applicants should not email or send hard copies of materials. After submitting materials online, an applicant may contact the Program Manager for Outreach to verify whether his/her application was successfully received. In order to apply online, applicants will need the following
- Two-page essay in the form of a cover letter outlining reasons why the applicant is interested in 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 scores report (only necessary for applicants for whom English is a secondary language).
- A 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.
All materials submitted for funding consideration will automatically become the property of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research and will not be returned to the sender.
Application Deadline: The deadline for the current application cycle is March 1, 2017.