Research grants and student internships in the UAE

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is pleased to accept proposals from visiting scholars to conduct field research in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Doctoral and faculty scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields are invited to apply, and proposals should address issues related to the Foundation's research priority areas:

  • Education
  • Public Health (social dimensions)
  • Urban & Community Development
  • Arts & Culture

The next deadline for Doctoral, Faculty, and Seed Grant submissions is March 1, 2017. Eligibility criteria and grant inclusions vary based on the specific program. In addition, the Al Qasimi Foundation has a limited number of internships annually available for students in undergraduate and master's programs. 

Please share these opportunities with interested faculty and students in your program or colleagues in your professional field. Specific inquiries can also be sent to  

Doctoral Research Grant

Doctoral Research Grants support PhD students in carrying out field research in Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates as part of their dissertation data collection. The award covers return economy airfares, furnished in-country accommodation (up to 12 months), and a modest cost of living stipend. Office space and research support are also provided.

Faculty Research Grant

Faculty Research Grants sponsor current faculty to conduct research in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE as part of sabbatical leave. The grant includes return economy airfares, in-country accommodation (up to 2 months), per diem, and research support. Depending on the project, additional funding may be allocated to cover actual research expenses. 

Seed Grant

Seed Grants provide modest funding to conduct applied research or pilot projects in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Although the call for proposals is broad, projects should address the Foundation's priority areas of education, public health, community development, or arts and culture. Anticipated outcomes should also provide tangible benefits to Ras Al Khaimah.

Documentary Film Grant

Documentary Film Grants provide modest start-up funding to create short documentaries on topics relevant to the United Arab Emirates and broader Gulf region. Films produced through the RAKFAF Film Grant are screened at the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival the following year. The next submission deadline is June 30, 2016.