For the Scientific & Research Community

We aim to enhance research and development in Kuwait by funding carefully selected scientific research proposals and building the capacity of the research community. We also celebrate scientific achievements by awarding various prizes to Kuwaiti and Arab scientists worldwide. Furthermore, We collaborate with renowned international institutions to facilitate cooperation with local scientists and researchers.

Our strategic partnerships with prestigious academic and research institutions around the world are designed for the benefit of young researchers, business leaders and senior decision makers in both the private and public sectors. These partnerships provide opportunities to understand, manage and implement a culture of science, technology and innovation and adopting a culture based on knowledge within Kuwaiti institutions and corporations.

Harvard Kennedy School

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 Kuwait Researcher Position with the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. The application deadline is September 2, 2018.

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative hosts visiting Kuwaiti academics for one semester as they work on contemporary policy issues relevant to political science, economics, sociology and public policy for the Kuwait Researcher Position. These academics, ranging from the postdoctoral to senior level, are expected to conduct either a research project preferably with a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member to conclude in a 25-30 page working paper, or lead a not-for-credit study group on a topic relevant to policy and development in the Middle East and North Africa.

Priority will be given to applications focused on economic development, political reform and energy policy in the Gulf.

  • Economic development in the Gulf: economic development and structural diversification, building a stronger private sector, attracting foreign investment and managing civil risks.
  • Political reform in the Gulf: regulatory and legal reform, strategic planning and crisis analysis/control and Arab political reform.
  • Energy policy in the Gulf: externality impacts of energy development, renewable options

Kuwait Researchers are expected to be in residence for the duration of the program, to participate in Middle East Initiative activities and to engage with students and faculty. The program will provide the Kuwait Researcher $5,000 per month in addition to a housing allowance.

This program is made possible through funding from the Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

All application materials must be submitted in PDF format through the official application portal by 11:59 pm EST on September 2, 2018

For more information regarding the program and application process, please click here.

Please submit inquiries to the Middle East Initiative by e-mail at: Middle_East_Initiative@hks.harvard.edu