The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) was awarded 3 research grants from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) programs during Qatar Foundation's recently held Annual Research Conference at the Qatar National Convention Center. For the second year in a row, this achievement was made with a success rate that was more than double the overall competition average.
The DI was awarded a 4-year and a 3-year grant through the 10th cycle of the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). The first grant was rated at the highest end of the competitive range and is for a project titled: "Computational Study of Culture: Cultural Analytics for Modern Arab and Islamic Studies." The project will be led by Dr. Eid Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the DI in collaboration with researchers from Quebec University (Canada), Utrecht University (Holland) and Columbia University (USA). The project will be supported by Qatar Musuems, which will also function as one of the end-users of the deliverables. Commenting on this achievement, Dr. Mohamed said: "The overall vision of this project is to harness state-of-the-art Cultural Analytics approaches and technologies to make pioneering forays into the vast corpus of machine-readable Arabic texts that has become available in the last two decades. It also aims to digitize and annotate a set of early Arabic media material from the late 19th century until the present. The project has the potential to be beneficial for Qatar as well as for Arab countries interested in examining cultural, social and historical trends and movements."
Another NPRP grant that was awarded to the DI will be led by Dr. Rabia Naguib, Assistant Professor of Public Policy in collaboration with DI Associate Professor, Dr. Hend Al-Muftah, the University of Connecticut (USA) and the support of the Qatar Ministry of Administrative Development Labor and Social Affairs. The project titled: "Role of the Public Sector in Empowering Women in Qatar and the Arab Gulf Countries," will examine the effects of human resources policies in the public sector on women's career progression in Qatar and other countries in the region. Commenting on the project, Dr. Naguib added, "The empowerment of Qatari women is listed under Qatar's National Vision 2030 and the public sector is by far their largest employer. We plan to conduct a detailed empirical study on the effectiveness of these policies. The results will provide policy makers with recommendations on how to further the empowerment of women in line with national goals."
In addition, the DI earned a third research grant from OSRA, a joint research fund between Doha International Family Institute and QNRF in its second cycle. The project, led by Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the DI, is titled: "Unfamiliar Families: Syrian Refugees' Transnational Solidarity and Kinship Networks." Research will be conducted in association with the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). Speaking about her project, Dr. Richter-Devroe stated: "The Syrian war and ongoing migration crisis have brought about profound transformations to the family, a core social, political and economic institution in the Arab world. Syrian families have been fragmented, destroyed, dispersed and rebuilt in different - sometimes unfamiliar - ways. In this project, we study the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the family and family-making practices. We trace Syrian refugees' solidarity and kinship networks in and beyond Greece and Italy, and ask how policy-making and development practice might benefit from a better understanding of the structures and strategies of the transnational refugee family."
On the importance of this achievement for the DI, Raed Habayeb, Director of the Research and Grants Office said: "This is a great accomplishment for the DI in its second year of operation and builds on the fantastic achievements of last year. With the selection of 3 of our proposals, we have gained further confidence and recognition from the leading research funding organization in Qatar. In addition, all our NPRP proposals received co-funding support from key stakeholders and end-users in Qatar. This is a strong testament to the caliber of the projects and their potential impact to Qatar and the region. We look forward to continued success in building the research capacity within Qatar and a fruitful relationship with QNRF."
The DI is now preparing to accept its third batch of students to commence study in Fall 2017. It offers Master degrees in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the School of Public Administration and Development Economics, School of Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Conflict Management and Humanitarian Studies.