Qatar National Research Fund’s mission is to advance knowledge and education by supporting original, competitively selected research in all fields of sciences, with an emphasis on the following four pillars of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS):

  • Energy and environment
  • Computer Science and ICT
  • Health
  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

To complement its vision of fostering a research culture in Qatar, QNRF introduced the Women in Science (WIS) program.


The Women in Science (WIS) program aims to fill the gap between the number of successful women graduating from universities and the number of women effectively present and active in the Qatari research workforce. To that end, QNRF and CRDF Global are soliciting applications from Qatari and Qatar-born female PhD students and MSc graduates in areas relevant to the following eligible research areas:

  • Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • Environmental Science
  • Cyber-security
  • Materials Science in Energy

Program Description

Women in Science (WIS) is a joint funding fellowship program between the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and CRDF Global. The research fellowship will be for four months in a U.S. university department in one of the four topics highlighted above.

The fellowship will expose WIS fellows to university research environments under the mentorship of leading female researchers in the U.S. QNRF and CRDF Global will jointly fund the fellowships, and CRDF Global will coordinate all necessary travel arrangements and accommodations (travel expenses, lodging, medical insurance and living stipends) for all selected fellows for the duration of the fellowship.

Responsiveness to Challenges

WIS will:

  • Help ensure that fellows continue pursuit of their research at institutions inside Qatar.
  • Enable fellows to share the skills, knowledge and professional connections gained in the U.S. with their colleagues.
  • Offer the means to demonstrate potential as a new or permanent hire in Qatar.
  • Offer working experience with best-in-class scientists, one of whom will be the Research Mentor, and, where relevant, with state-of-the-art research equipment.
  • Contribute socially and scientifically to Qatar’s research mission with the potential for worldwide impact.
  • Provide networking opportunities and potential support for future employment.

Potential Benefits

While the primary benefit of this activity is to build human capital, its secondary aim is to support young female reserachers to work, upon completion of the fellowship, within Qatar-based research groups in areas of national priority as outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). 

Process Timeline
Application submission 8th May - 30th June, 2016  Now extended until 30th September, 2016 
Application review and selection  July - September, 2016
Fellow selection announcement October, 2016
Logistical arrangements October, 2016 - March, 2017
Fellowships start (rolling basis) January / February (Spring) - July (Summer), 2017
Fellowships end (latest) October, 2017
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