Al Qasimi Foundation is delighted to announce Doctoral Research Grants 2019 encourage scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research toward informing policymaking in the United Arab Emirates. These grants are open to Ph.D. students from all nationalities studying at an accredited university in the United Arab Emirates or abroad.
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.
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Al Qasimi Foundation is considered a non-profit, quasi-governmental organization and is the visionary initiative of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. The Foundation believes in a people-centered approach to equipping the community to find creative, collaborative approaches to aid in the development of Ras Al Khaimah.
Study Subject(s): Grants are awarded for research toward informing policymaking in the United Arab Emirates.
Course Level: Grants are available to pursue Ph.D. research in the United Arab Emirates.
Scholarship Provider: Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at the United Arab Emirates or abroad
Eligibility: The minimum eligibility criteria for prospective applicants seeking Doctoral Research Grants:
-Applicant must be a current Ph.D. 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 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 education, public policy, or closely related social science issue or question. Relevant topics (dependent on the 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.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this grant.
Scholarship Description: 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. The Grants are open to Ph.D. students from all nationalities studying at an accredited university in the United Arab Emirates or abroad.
The number of awards (s): Only two doctoral research grants are available each year.
Duration of award(s): The grant is awarded for 12 months.
What does it cover? 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.
Selection criteria: If an applicant meets the minimum eligibility criteria noted above, he/she is encouraged to apply for a Doctoral Research Grant. The Grant is awarded based on merit as 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 is 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.
How to Apply: The mode of application is online. In order to apply online, applicants will need the following documents:
-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 second 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.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 1, 2019.