Research & Scholarship
The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar’s Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) sponsors major initiatives, of regional and international significance, provides fellowship opportunities to qualified scholars and provides grants to researchers studying Gulf-related issues of significance.
CIRS sponsors major studies of regional and international significance, including research initiatives in the areas of international relations, political economy, and domestic politics of the Gulf region. CIRS regularly identifies emerging socio-economic and political trends in the region, and develops research initiatives in areas which will benefit from further focused scholarship.
With a goal of contributing to the existing body of knowledge about the region through original research on various topics, CIRS awards research grants to scholars and researchers interested in the study of Gulf- related issues, and the broader Middle East. CIRS funds empirically-based, original research projects to fill in the existing gap in the literature. A scholarly forum is created through sponsored research meetings where grant recipients share their research findings with other academics, policymakers, and practitioners.
CIRS supports a variety of scholars and researchers through several fellowship programs. The Center looks for and supports qualified researchers in a variety of disciplines working on subjects of relevance to the Middle East, with priority given to projects demonstrating relevance to the Persian Gulf.