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: Cybersecurity, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Environmental Science, or Materials Science in Energy. The fellowship will expose WIS fellows to university research environments under the mentorship of leading female researchers in the U.S.
- Fill the gap between the number of women graduating from universities and the number of women effectively present and active in the research workforce in the natural sciences and engineering;
- Expose WIS fellows to university research environments under the mentorship of leading female researchers in the U.S;
- Establish sustainable joint U.S.–Qatari research collaboration.
- 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).;
CRDF Global and QNRF 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.
- Be a Qatari or Qatar-born woman currently residing in Qatar;
- Have graduated with a Master of Science (MSc) or be a current PhD student in a field related directly to one of the four program areas – Cybersecurity, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Environmental Science, or Materials Science in Energy;
- Propose research that aligns with your academic background in one of the following fields: Cybersecurity, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Environmental Science, or Materials Science in Energy;
- Possess advanced proficiency in English (speaking, writing, and reading to be able to communicate with peers in host laboratories in the U.S.);
- Prove eligibility for a U.S. J-1 visa, including passing a medical exam after program selection (applicants must currently reside in Qatar and are required to return to Qatar after program completion);
- Submit an approval from your university/employer along with the application.