One of QRLP tracks dedicated to build human capabilities in research field is the Postdoctoral Research Award (PDRA).

This award aims to attract the best national and home grown recent Ph.D. graduates and young researchers to encourage independence at an early stage of a research career. The QRLP-PDRA track aims to select candidates with the highest potential and offer them highly competitive fellowship awards, benefits, research environment, and mentoring to ensure that they can achieve their highest potential.

Specifically the awards offered through QRLP-PDRA will:

  • Provide skilled, cost-competitive and readily trainable limited-term staff to carry forward Qatar’s research agenda.
  • Provide academic and research institutions within Qatar with new ideas to perform research and build human research capacity in Qatar.
  • Provide an opportunity to evaluate early-career scientists who have the potential to become new hires as career scientists in Qatar.
  • Train research ambassadors within the next generation of scientists and educate them about future collaboration opportunities with Qatar’s research entities, with a special emphasis on fulfilling the Qatar National Research Strategy.
  • Promote Research Mentors to proactively search for postdoctoral scholars that meet their institutional research needs.
  • Attract outstanding national & residents as postdoctoral scholars.

Program Description

QRLP – PDRA supports postdoctoral scholars to work within Qatar-based research groups located in areas of national priority as outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS).

Up to two years of financial support will be granted to the submitting institution to support a postdoctoral scholar, with the potential to extend for one year with no additional financial support. QNRF provides the submitting institution with funds to pay for the postdoctoral scholar’s salary, travel, and other personal as described in section 12 of the PDRA RFP


  • Nationality: Postdoctoral candidates could be:
    • Qatari nationals
    • Applicant of Qatari mothers
    • Qatari document holders
    • Individuals married to Qatari nationals
    • Born in Qatar and been residents of Qatar for 12 years or more
    • Residents of Qatar for 15 years or more
    • Qatar Research Leadership Program (QRLP) graduates
  • Research Areas: Research proposals should be in areas representing national research priorities for Qatar, as outlined in section 21 of PDRA RFP.
  • Institution: Proposal submission should be through local institutions with approved research offices

For more details about the eligibility criteria, please read the RFP document available on the download center.

Responsiveness to Challenges

Postdoctoral Research Award  will:

  • Help ensure employment following the completion of graduate education and training, and further preparation for future careers.
  • Recognize early-career investigators of significant potential.
  • Offer the means to demonstrate potential as a new or permanent hire in Qatar or elsewhere.
  • Offer working experience with best-in-class scientists, one of whom will be the postdoctoral scholar’s 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 postdoctoral scholars to work within Qatar-based research groups in areas of national priority as outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). Relevant areas may include (but are not limited to) basic and applied research areas in all fields of natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities.


The following dates represent the major milestones of the Postdoctoral Research Award (PDRA) in Doha time:

Cycle 4 Dates
Start of online proposal submission and vetting processes

Monday, October 30 2017, noon Doha time  

Deadline for online proposal submission  Monday, February 19 2018, noon Doha time
Deadline for RO vetting Monday, February 26, 2018, noon Doha time
Award Announcement August 2018
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Request for Proposal (RFP) Download
Research Plan Template Download
Grant Application Guide (GAG) Download
Ethical Compliance Guide Download