Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) has announced the launch of a new postdoctoral fellowship programme to support advanced research by Qatari nationals.
“The aim of this new initiative- one of its kind by the university- is to prepare outstanding junior Qatari scholars for university teaching and research careers. To begin,we are starting with one fellowship this year,” said, Dr Ahmad Dallal, dean of GU-Q Wednesday.
He was speaking at a press conference to announce the details of the programme aimed at ‘supporting career development of recent Qatari postgraduates.’
The fellowship is open to Qatari nationals who received their PhD or DPhil degree in the humanities or social sciences after January 1, 2015 or who will have passed the dissertation defence no later than January 1, 2020.
Interested applicants should apply before December 31, 2019 and the programme will start from next Fall semester starting from August 2020.
“We are offering a one-year paid position for PhD graduates who have graduated within the last five years. They will work closely with GU-Q faculty and will gain valuable experience in research and teaching among other areas,” explained dean Dallal.
“By growing postdoctoral opportunities, GU-Q will also advance its core aims of supporting research that is relevant to Qatar’s development goals, strengthening fruitful mentorship collaborations between established and emerging scholars, and contributing to the development of the higher education sector in Qatar,” noted the dean.
The programme will provide emerging Qatari scholars the opportunity to produce academic publications, refine their research agenda, and gain valuable teaching experience, while building their academic and professional network in Qatar and beyond.
He also said that the postdoctoral programmes are an important source of support in the transition from doctoral student to working professional. A Qatari PhD holder from any university can apply for it.
“The GU-Q postdoctoral fellowship is designed to support research in a variety of disciplines, including political science, history, philosophy, literature, comparative religion, economics, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, and international relations. GU-Q’s regional and international reputation for research strength in a range of fields in the social sciences and humanities makes the university an ideal host for Qatari postdoctoral candidates,” described dean Dallal.
The selected candidates will be in residence for one academic year, integrating fully into the teaching and research environment at GU-Q.