Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) is building on its eight-year record of success by hiring 24 faculty in a strategic expansion over a three year period. This will almost double our research and teaching capacity: a reflection of our growing appeal to the best students around the globe, and of SFS-Q’s status as an integral part of one of the world’s great research-intensive, student-centered universities.

Read on to find out:

(1) Why join SFS-Q?
(2) Why move to Qatar?

Why Georgetown University SFS-Qatar?

Since establishing our Qatar campus in 2005 as part of the world renowned Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), we have gained acclaim both locally and globally, conducting world-class research and graduating students that rank on a par with the very best in Washington D.C. Join us in building on this success in the heart of this globally vibrant region with exceptional human and material resources, and in a country that is building the Future.

Quintessentially Georgetown, SFS-Q additionally benefits from a location within easy reach of the wider Middle East, the Indian Ocean region, Asia, Africa and Europe; with an exceptional cosmopolitan diversity (currently our students include 40 nationalities); with a stunning, spacious campus building and facilities, including the best library in the country; and with the vision of Qatar’s leadership in investing largely and thoughtfully in education and research, including a firm commitment to invest 2.8% of GDP in research alone. Faculty and students of one world-class university rub shoulders with those from another seven, our neighbors in Education City are Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, Weill Cornell, HEC Paris, and University College London.

You will find yourself in a lively, open-minded and welcoming environment bound to motivate and inspire. You will be contributing to the future of people in the region and worldwide, helping shape global leaders across the private and public sector and reaching out to local, regional and global society.

SFS-Q serves as a bridge between academic communities in the United States, the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and increasingly those of the Indian Ocean region, Asia, Africa and Europe. It does so across the spectrum of the social sciences, economics and humanities taught and researched here as part of the "Liberal Arts" approach underpinning our focus on international affairs.

We provide generous research and conference travel support. SFS-Q faculty are also eligible to apply for Qatar National Research Fund’s competitive 'national Priorities' grants for up to $1,050,000 over three years. QNRF also offers competitive research grants for early-career scholars. (

Compensation and expatriate benefits packages are extremely competitive, including free high-quality housing, health insurance, children's school fees, and a transportation allowance: it is no accident that we have acquired a reputation as one of the best employers in the region!

Why Qatar?

Qatar, with one of the highest GDP per capita figures in the world, lies at the cross-roads of East and West. A modern, thriving country in the heart of the Middle East with an ambitious development vision, it offers a high standard of living, with excellent facilities, modern infrastructure, and a mix of local and cosmopolitan culture. Qatar has become a hub for regional and global networks and meetings in international diplomacy, energy, finance and economics, media, and sports.

With this come a plethora of cultural, intellectual, and arts events and venues - including such iconic buildings as the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. The country offers a safe and family-friendly environment, and as your future colleagues will tell you, is a great place to live, study and work. Its central location also makes it the ideal jumping-off point for exploring Asian, African and European destinations. Direct flights link Doha to cities across the world: Qatar Airways (Skytracks’ “World’s Best Airline”) has 420 global destinations.

Perhaps most important of all, Qatar is one of the few places in the world today where there are both a coherent vision of academic growth, and the resources to match. Truly a place to build the future: come and help build ours, and yours.