​​​​Affendi-150x200.jpgOn behalf of the School and the Institute, I extend a warm welcome all those accessing this page, in particular students planning to undertake graduate studies. We also welcome academics aspiring to collaborate with our quest for setting up a leading center of academic excellence in our region. We invite them all to reach out to us. We take pride in being an institution that, beyond its focus on Arab concerns, is endeavoring to offer students graduate education of the highest international standards. While Arabic is the main language of instruction and research at our Institute, students are also required to master English in order to boost their access to knowledge and their international competitiveness.


The Institute strives to provide an ideal environment for excellence in learning and research, starting by attracting a select group of outstanding professors in their fields. It selects students in an open competition, offers generous scholarships and provides a lively research community. The Institute shares its campus with the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), a distinguished research establishment, manned by a group of leading Arab researchers. Together, the ACRPS and the Institute attract to their many events a host of top Arab and international researchers in various areas of expertise throughout the year. The Institute has also initiated partnerships with several leading universities around the world, including Columbia, George Washington, and Houston in the United States, the School of Oriental and African Studies in the United Kingdom, and the Free University of Berlin in Germany.


The Institute’s primary objective is to make original contributions to the social sciences and humanities: through its staff, collectively and individually, in collaboration with key partners, and through new generations of outstanding researchers from among its graduates. The dream of ending Arab dependency in the field of knowledge production has animated Arab scholars and reformers since the Nahda, and our ambition is to move beyond defensiveness towards active participation on equal footing with leading institutions. We also seek to harness acquired knowledge and skills to improve people’s lives and achieve progress in Qatar and the Arab world. It is high time for a revival of sciences in the Arab homeland, so that we may once again witness an active movement of translation from Arabic into other languages.


We invite students keen to take part in this unique adventure, from Qatar and beyond, to apply to our two-year master’s course in one of eight programs in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities: Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology, Media and Cultural Studies, Journalism, Comparative Literature, History, and Linguistics and Arabic Lexicography. Our programs have been designed with an interdisciplinary ethos, requiring close collaboration between specialists from different disciplines seeking to better understand the world we live in and to present solutions to the challenges facing our societies and beyond. Accordingly, students will be given the opportunity to interact creatively with other disciplines in a manner that deepens their grasp of their own fields, expands their horizons, and enhances their mastery of various methodological tools for analysis and knowledge production.


Applications for admission to the Institute for the 2018-2019 cohort will be open in November 2017 and close on January 31, 2018. As highlighted, the Institute awards scholarships for students who fit the criteria.


I look forward to welcoming successful candidates in person at the beginning of the coming academic year, having proudly witnessed in June 2017 the graduation of our first cohort of master’s students. They will, God willing, be followed by another proud band of graduates in the summer of 2018.


We take this opportunity to thank the State of Qatar for its initiative in creating this unique academic institution, and for its generous and unstinting support. This longstanding Arab dream could not have been fulfilled without that unconditional support, which comes as part of Qatar’s long-standing policy of support for learning as the foundation for the contemporary Arab renaissance.


Dr. Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Professor of Politics, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities