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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Host institutions welcome scholars to teach or carry out a combination of teaching and/or research activities. Teaching activities will include undergraduate courses, student advising, faculty training and curriculum development.
Teaching components must correspond with the length of the academic semester. The academic year is between September and May. One-semester proposals start in September or February. The calendar may be adjusted around Islamic holidays.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will sign an agreement with the grantee including details of benefits.
During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof.
For scholars hosted by Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), the institution must meet and sign an agreement with the grantee.
For research components without Arabic language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal.
If Arabic is needed to conduct the research, the language proficiency evaluation must be completed.
For teaching, English proficiency is a requirement. Additional proficiency in Arabic is preferred and recommended for teaching in certain disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.
Ph.D. and at least three years of postdoctoral teaching and research experience are required. Practicing professionals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree with higher education teaching experience will be considered. Experience in teaching first year students and with initiatives for improving students’ attrition is preferred. Experience with embedding technologies in the classroom and offering online courses is also preferred.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR HBKU:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR QU:
- QU Website: http://www.qu.edu.qa/
- Research at QU: http://www.qu.edu.qa/research
- Research Centers: http://www.qu.edu.qa/research/facilities/research-centers
- List of Research Offices in Colleges: http://www.qu.edu.qa/research/colleges-research
$1,550 for relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage fees.
Plus a round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent selected by IIE.
$750 books and educational materials allowance for teaching or teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.
$2000 research allowance for research-only grants.
Additional living and housing (monthly) allowances are provided for grantees with one dependent or two or more dependents. These amounts range from $500/month to $1050/month.
Round-trip, economy-class, international travel is arranged by travel agent selected by IIE, for up to two dependents.
Dependent tuition allowance for dependents in grades K-12 is provided on a reimbursement basis upon submission of reciepts, and based on the availability of funds. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.
- One semester grants: up to $5,000 per child, or $10,000 per two children.
- Two semester grants: up to $10,000 per child, or $20,000 per two children.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
The Fulbright Program in Qatar began in 1995 and supports both U.S. and Qatari scholars. The traditional U.S. Scholar Program is small but impactful, placing U.S. scholars primarily at Qatar University and more recently, Hamad bin Khalifa University. Qatar has positioned itself as a regional epicenter for research and teaching, which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. scholars interested in the Middle East region. Qatar has focused on developing its reputation for world-class education, research institutions, centers of cultural and artistic excellence, and global philanthropy. Qatar is rapidly preparing the entire country for hosting the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar is considered as one of the safest countries in the world and both visitors and residents can experience the courteous and hospitable nature of Arab culture. The official language of the country is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country.
The working week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (a sacred day of worship for Muslims) and usually Saturday being days off.
Academic terms in Qatar are September through January and February through June. The Academic calendar is usually published at the Qatari official e-Government portal https://hukoomi.gov.qa/. This portal makes government information accessible to all citizens, residents, and visitors. Most of the portal’s pages and the websites of the ministries and other governmental websites are available in Arabic and English.
Qatar’s population in October 2021 was 2,659,329, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA). The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR). The exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. Qatar has one of the fastest growing economies and the highest per capita income in the world.
The country has a moderate desert climate with mild winters and hot summers. Humidity levels can be very high on the coast during the summer months. Most places such as shopping malls, restaurants and cinemas are air‐conditioned.
Qatar has a good developing healthcare system that has been ranked in the world’s top five in terms of quality of care. All residents with a valid ID and residence permit, including expats, can access public healthcare in Qatar. Healthcare in Qatar is overseen by the Ministry of Public Health.
The telecommunications system is currently being upgraded to an entirely fibre-optic network. Qatar was ranked among the top 3 in the world in terms of mobile internet speed in 2021, with an average download speed of 178 Mbps and an average upload speed of 30 Mbps. Learn more here.
The country is served by Hamad International Airport (HIA). HIA is Qatar’s gateway to the world, and the home and hub of Qatar Airways, Qatar’s five-star airline. HIA serves over 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers every year.
Metered taxis and limousines are easy to find and there is a comprehensive public transport system. Rideshare is also available. The Doha Metro is fully operational and has three lines (Red, Gold and Green) and 37 stations.
Qatar University (QU) hosts ten colleges and offers the widest range of academic programs -- 48 Bachelors, 32 Masters, nine Ph.D. programs, four Diplomas, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Research is an integral part of the academic environment at QU and is bolstered by the Research Complex, and 17 research centers of excellence. Read more about QU at http://www.qu.edu.qa/
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is a member of Qatar Foundation and is located within Education City. The university boasts three national research institutes, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), which were established in 2011 in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 to seek novel solutions to grand challenges facing Qatar and the region. Learn more about HBKU: https://www.hbku.edu.qa/
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