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 funds 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 share their research findings with other academics, policymakers, and practitioners.
 

The Gulf Family

In effort to understand how structural and ideational forces of change have been reflected in the everyday lives of Gulf families, CIRS has launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative that explores questions related to this topic.

Read more about the proposal submission process.
Read the background for this research initiative here.

 

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.

Read more about this research initiative.
Read more about the awarded projects.

** 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.

Read more about this research initiative.
Read more about the awarded projects.

 ** 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. 

Read more about this research initiative.
Read more about the awarded projects.

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