Qatar’s new generation of scientists and researchers are being supported to embark on their careers and create an impact through two revamped programs launched by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
QNRF’s Graduate Sponsorship Research Award (GSRA) and Postdoctoral Research Award (PDRA) – the latest cycles of which are now open for submission of proposals – have been embedded into its unique Qatar Research Leadership Program (QRLP). QRLP aims to identify and nurture Qatar’s finest homegrown science and research talent by providing high-quality training, practical experience in collaboration with prestigious universities and research institutions around the world, financial support, and a gateway to opportunity.
Led by the capacity building team of QNRF, part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), the two tracks - QRLP-GSRA and QRLP-PDRA - are collectively designed to support candidates from graduate level, through postdoctoral studies, to their early careers, enabling them to play leading roles in advancing Qatar’s ambitious research agenda. The alignment of these tracks with QRLP – from which 52 young scientists and researchers have graduated in the eight years since its establishment – is designed to produce human capital equipped to underpin and sustain the nation’s research and innovation ecosystem.
Through the competitive scholarships offered by QRLP-GSRA, outstanding graduate students will be supported to undertake research-based studies towards Master’s and Doctoral degrees at approved institutions within and beyond Qatar. By promoting such studies, it aims to encourage talented Qatar-based students to pursue careers in research and provide them with high-quality training that intertwines with, and supports, the work of Qatar’s research and academic community.
The online proposal submission process for QRLP-GSRA is now open, with the deadline for submissions being May 6. The awards will be announced in June. The window for QRLP-PDRA proposals, which should also be submitted online, but through Qatar-based institutions with approved research offices, closes at noon on April 10, with the awards also being announced in June.
For more information about QRLP-GSRA and QRLP-PDRA, including Q&As, full eligibility details and criteria, and downloadable information and application forms, please visit www.qnrf.org
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