Northwestern Qatar researchers submitted 28 grant and fellowship applications in the 2019-20 academic year. As shown in the graphs below, this is twice the number as the year before and a more than five-fold increase since the establishment of the Research Office in 2013.
These submissions included $2.72 million in grant proposals to Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) alone, along with individual fellowship applications to various foundations totaling almost $70,000.
The year opened with a celebration of seven authored and four edited books, as well as two monographs, that were produced by Northwestern Qatar faculty and staff members in the previous academic year. During a panel discussion, the authors and editors presented and discussed their work, which covered an array of topics. Click here for an overview of the event.
For the first time in its history, Northwestern Qatar hosted an international conference on its grounds when it gathered global academics and media professionals in October for the 2019 meeting of the International Media Management Academic Association.
Over three days and 40 sessions, conferees from 15 countries met to discuss media management education, business models, TV binge-watching, data journalism, and other industry-wide developments. Conference topics and speakers can be found here.
This year’s Qatar Media Industries Forum, “Media on the Rise in Qatar: 2020 Trends and Beyond,” explored the implications of new media and technologies, the influence of 5G on day-to-day communication, and the challenges of combating disinformation and fake news. Read a summary of the forum.
Northwestern Qatar’s signature research project, an annual survey of media use in the Middle East and North Africa region, released its penultimate publication at the end of the Fall semester. Fieldwork for the ninth and final annual iteration of this study was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will likely resume in early 2021.
The report, piloted in 2013 and published each year since, has been part of Northwestern Qatar’s efforts in building a rigorous knowledge base and robust, homegrown research framework. View and download the eighth penultimate edition here.
Research from the school also contributes to Qatar Foundation’s scholastic efforts through the Qatar Faculty Forum, an occasional lecture series that convenes faculty from neighboring world-class universities at Education City. Read about two QFF presentations by Northwestern Qatar faculty.
Northwestern Qatar’s Student Research Week, organized by the research office, highlights student research activities on campus and supports students in exploring funding opportunities and refining grant proposals.
This academic year was the most successful for students so far, who received six Conference Travel Grants, five Summer Undergraduate Research Grants, four Undergraduate Language Grants, and two Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants.
A panel discussion during the Week featured presentations by students about some of the completed and ongoing projects supported by these grants. Read about what students presented on.