Alumni Testimonial
  • I believe no other career path would give me the self-satisfaction I have felt since I joined QRLP. I don't believe any other place would provide such excellent opportunities for self-development. QRLP gave me the opportunity to work in the research field, and at this point in time in Qatar, I think it is very exciting to be part of the team that is building our country's research infrastructure and culture. Abeer Al-Hammadi graduated on 6 July 2013 under the Management track, and is at present Manager, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the Research Division of Qatar Foundation.
  • Research management is as vital to scientific achievements as the actual conducting of experiments. Apart from QRLP, there is no degree program that prepares one to become a research administrator. It equips trainees with critical insights and skills that are important for effective management of research activities. I am very proud of the knowledge I have gained through the program. I have met various experts, become aware of the current research projects in Qatar, and gained hands-on experience in critical areas of research administration. Lina Hassna graduated on 1 August 2011 under the Management track, and is at present a Program Manager at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute.
  • I always wanted to work in research. QRLP offered me the flexibility to choose what type of training best suited me, and also in terms of choosing where to do the training. The opportunities offered by QF partners inside and outside of Qatar also made the program more attractive to me. I had the privilege of undertaking a wide range of tasks in different areas of Research Management, which has given me valuable knowledge and skills. Nada Al-Balam graduated on 1 October 2011 under the Research Management Track, and is at present a Senior Research Planning Specialist at the Research Division of Qatar Foundation.
  • QRLP provided me with the opportunity to work in management and still be part of the scientific world. I acquired valuable knowledge through the rotation system across different offices of the Research Division. I had the opportunity to intern with the Research Office of Carnegie Mellon University Qatar as well as at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) for nine months. The program equipped me with critical skills for business success. Khadeja Al-Khawaja graduated on 2 July 2010 under the Management track, and is at present a Senior Research Coordinator at the Research Division of Qatar Foundation.



Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development, has a core role in building the human capacity required to advance Qatar’s ambitious and dynamic research mission. A key element of its capacity-building focus is Qatar Research Leadership Program (QRLP), which is dedicated to producing homegrown scientists who are capable of steering the continuous development and sustainability of Qatar’s research agenda and adding to the nation’s pool of science and research talent.

Through its various tracks, QRLP – a unique program that operates in collaboration with prestigious universities and renowned research institutions, in Qatar and around the world - supports candidates from graduate level, through postdoctoral experience, to their early careers. Through providing them with high-quality training and hands-on research experience, QRLP enables them to become highly-skilled independent scientists who can take leading roles in the development of Qatar’s economic and scientific footprint.

One of the QRLP tracks that underpins this journey is the Graduate Sponsorship Research Award (GSRA). QRLP-GSRA supports outstanding graduate candidates by offering competitive scholarships that allow them to undertake research-based graduate studies towards Masters and Doctoral degrees at approved institutions, both locally and internationally. For more information, please click here.


This is complemented by QRLP’s Postdoctoral Research Award (PDRA). Designed to attract recent national and homegrown Ph.D graduates and young researchers of the highest caliber, QRLP-PDRA aims to encourage independence in the early stages of a research career. This track selects candidates deemed to have the greatest potential to succeed and make an impact in the field of research, and offers them highly competitive fellowship awards, benefits, exposure to a research environment, and mentoring, with the goal being to ensure that they can achieve their potential in Qatar. For more information, please click here.


Track Status Applications Open Application Deadline Award Announcement
QRLP-GSRA Closed 15th February 2018
3rd June 2018 July 2018
QRLP-PDRA Open 30th  October 2017
19th  February 2018
August 2018