Research Grants


CIRS awards research grants to scholars and researchers interested in the study of Gulf-related issues, and the broader Middle East. Our goal is to contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the region through supporting original research on various topics. CIRS will fund empirically-based, original research projects to fill in the existing gap in the literature. Through regular CIRS-sponsored research meetings we create a scholarly forum where CIRS Grant recipients will be able to share their research findings with other academics, policymakers, and practitioners.
 

 ** NOTE: The grant cycles for all CIRS project are now closed.

 

Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC

CIRS is launching a new multi-disciplinary research initiative to explore questions related to the topic through funding empirically-grounded, theoretically informed research proposals.

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** NOTE: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.
 

The State and Innovation in the Gulf

CIRS is undertaking a multi-year research initiative entitled “The State and Innovation in the Gulf.” Our goal is to explore questions related to the topic of innovation in the Gulf region through funding empirically-grounded, theoretically informed research proposals.

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 ** NOTE: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.

Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East 

In 2010, CIRS launched a grants cycle on “Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East.” As part of this initiative, CIRS awarded five grants to support interdisciplinary projects that focus on examining some of the GCC’s international agricultural and land investments.

 ** NOTE: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.

Migrant Labor in the Gulf

In the 2008-2009 academic year, CIRS awarded grants to undertake research, as part of its Migrant Labor in the Gulf Research initiative. Four projects were selected for funding. 

 ** NOTE: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.