Qatar University Fellowship

In order to enhance local research productivity and build upon its established collegial ‎relationship with Qatar University, CIRS launched an annual fellowship to be ‎awarded to a member of Qatar University’s faculty. The fellowship supports QU ‎faculty members in pursuing original research projects, with the aim of publishing ‎research outcomes in leading journals or with university presses. Any member of the ‎Qatar University full-time faculty engaged in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, ‎and Islamic Studies is eligible for this fellowship.‎ The selected fellow is appointed for one academic year, and while continuing ‎with his/her commitments to QU, will pursue a research project utilizing the ample ‎resources made available by the CIRS and the Georgetown University School of ‎Foreign Service in Qatar. QU Fellows are asked to give a presentation of their ‎research at a CIRS-sponsored talk, and encouraged to engage with the SFS-Q ‎faculty and students to discuss areas of mutual interest. The QU fellow is an ‎active member of the GU-Q intellectual community, and is provided with office ‎space and access to the GU-Q library. The fellowship entails an honorarium ‎designed to assist the fellow in pursuing his/her research project.‎

CIRS Qatar University Fellow 2016-2017

Hadeel Al Khatib

Hadeel Al-Khatib is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Qatar University. She received an MA in Translation Studies in the Arabic Israeli conflict from Salford University. Her Doctorate degree is from University College London where she researched the impact of neoliberalism on Qatar’s language policy and language planning. Her research interests include language policies with particular reference to relationships between national identity and discourse, the marketization of higher education, neoliberalism, translation in conflicts, discourse analysis and virtual ethnography. She tweets under @HadeelAlkateeb.

During the course of Al-Khatib's fellowship at CIRS, she aims to examine critically the current and future directions of Qatar University’s Language in Education Policy of either developing its bilingual education programs or implementing an Arabic monolingual model as stated in the strategic planning cycle 2017-2019. Her aim is to answer the question: what combination of language instruction will ensure that Qatar University’s students gain the subject content knowledge and skills necessary for higher education and employment. This answer will enable Qatar University to implement a Language in Education Policy that satisfies the needs of its various stakeholders and contributes to Qatar’s sociocultural and socioeconomic development. Using Watts and Stenner (2012) Q-sorting research methodology her research project will provide Qatar University with research-based recommendations that enable the university to decide on the best model that enables students to gain full participation in society and the economy through equitable and meaningful access to education.