The Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs are offering nearly 2,000 scholarships to Qatari and non-Qatari students seeking higher education in Qatar or abroad for the 2019–20 academic year.

Under the plan 1,942 scholarships in a number of specialised courses have been offered to Qatari citizens as per the current and future requirements of local job market. 

Expatriate students born in Qatar, children of Qatari women and those holding Qatari documents are also entitled for scholarships, however, only in medical specialised courses such as medical and medical assistance, general practitioner, pharmacy, nursing, ambulance and medical care, and medical radiology under certain rules and regulations.  

The scholarship office administers scholarship programmes based on the following geographic distribution: • Qatar • MENA region • Australia • The UK • Europe • The US • Canada

According to the Assistant Undersecretary of the Administrative Affairs at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, Abdullah Musallam Al Dosari, the government scholarship programme aims to provide a specialised Qatari workforce to meet the requirements of the job market. According to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, a total of 4,171 students have benefitted from the scholarship programme since it was launched in 2015. 

According to Al Dosari, the forthcoming scholarships at offer are in specialisations such as supply chain management, airport management, aviation management, logistics management, airport and aviation security, medicine, agriculture, livestock and fisheries, statistics, veterinary medicine, education (teaching), computer science, information, science, laboratory and standardisation. In addition, scholarships in specialisations also include law and international relations in the Spanish, German, Italian, Turkish, Russian, French and Japanese languages, language and translation and engineering.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education will guide and send the students on scholarships according to the plan. However, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs will prepare general policies of scholarship and coordinate with government institutions in preparing the scholarship plan as needed and then send it to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. 

Registration for scholarships will open on 30 July 2019 and will remain open throughout the 2019–20 academic year. Information on the specialised courses, accredited universities and general conditions are available on the Ministry of Education and Higher Education website. To apply, visit

More Arab university branches to open

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education is planning to open branches of well-established Arab universities in Qatar so more students can pursue their higher education in the country.

According to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, in the last five years the number of higher education institutes in Qatar has increased from 16 to 26, which include government and private universities and colleges (military and civil).

According to HE Dr Mohammed, the ministry is currently discussing the possibility of opening branches of prestigious Arab universities in Qatar. ‘The Ministry is working to strengthen the role of the private sector in establishing universities and colleges to meet the needs of the community in bachelor and graduate degrees in various programmes,’ he said.

Author: Ola Diab

This feature is an editorial from the ‘Education’ section in the latest issue of Marhaba – Issue 75, which comes out in August 2019.

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