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Launched in 2021, the Texas A&M at Qatar Ph.D. Fellows Program is for high-achieving students interested in earning a Ph.D. and focusing their research on areas of importance to Qatar who plan to work in Qatar after completion of their doctoral degree.

The program is truly unique for Qatar: Ph.D. Fellows will spend the first part of their doctoral studies (typically a year that can be extended to a second year) in a globally competitive environment. When they come to Qatar, they will work on cutting-edge research projects under the supervision of Texas A&M at Qatar faculty and they will be involved in seminars, workshops and other academic activities together with other graduate students across Education City.

How does the Ph.D. Fellows Program work?

As a Ph.D. Fellow, you will share your time between Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, Texas (USA), where you’ll do your coursework and the Doha campus where you’ll conduct your research. Ph.D. Fellows will be supervised jointly by TAMU and TAMUQ faculty. Depending on your project, HBKU faculty may also be members of your supervising committee.

Who is eligible to apply to the Ph.D. Fellows Program?

The Ph.D. Fellows Program supports:

  • Qatari nationals
  • non-Qatari children of Qatari mothers
  • Qatari document holders
  • individuals married to Qatari nationals
  • residents of Qatar for five years or more with valid residency permits

Candidates should apply to a Texas A&M doctoral program in one of the following engineering academic departments that have ongoing collaborations with Texas A&M at Qatar:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

At the same time, you may apply to the Ph.D. Fellows program. Once admitted to the doctoral program, candidates will be considered for the Ph.D. Fellows program as well. The student must start their Ph.D program in the upcoming Fall semester.

What expenses does the program cover?

During the stay in College Station:

  • Graduate assistantship that covers tuition and fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Medical insurance

During the stay in Qatar:

  • Graduate assistantship that covers tuition and fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Medical insurance
  • Accommodation in QF housing (if needed)
  • Economy-class ticket (College Station – Doha – College Station)

What kind of research should I focus on?

The program supports Ph.D. research and theses in topics that are fully aligned with the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and of Qatar National Research Strategy. Students should plan to conduct research that has potential for economic impact on Qatar’s knowledge economy.

More information on this is available by contacting the Program Chairs of the Texas A&M at Qatar engineering programs:

How do I apply to the Ph.D. Fellows Program?

  1. Review the eligibility criteria above to determine whether you qualify to be a Ph.D. Fellow.
  2. Apply for admission to the Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University in College Station. Note that each engineering department may have a different application deadline.
  3. Using the form below, inform the Texas A&M at Qatar Office of Graduate Studies of your completed EngineeringCAS application and your intent to be considered for the Ph.D. Fellows Program.

If you have questions or need help, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at


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What are the deadlines to apply to the Ph.D. Fellows Program?

Please see the below dates to ensure you meet your program's application deadline for Fall 2024:

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Ph.D. Fellows Program? 

More information on the program should be provided by the corresponding Program Chairs:


Still have questions?

Check out this presentation about the program.