Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Distance learning while social distancing! How is QFI supporting its community during COVID-19?

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) relies on its core values of responsibility, collaboration, and community to face current challenges and others that lie ahead. Our team stands in solidarity with everyone who is coping with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, especially our community of educators, learners, and schools. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally changed the way the entire world approaches education. With digital resources playing a pivotal role in QFI’s programming since our founding, we are building on our existing online resources and programs to support distance learning. Find out more at Al Masdar, our Open Education Resource database. You can learn more about our ongoing response to COVID here.

What is QFI?
QFI is a grant-making organization supporting programs in primary and secondary schools that build connections with the Arab world, across three areas: connected communities, Arab societies and culture, and Arabic language education.

Where does QFI work?
QFI’s work began in the Americas. In more recent years, our programs have extended to include the United Kingdom and Germany.

How can I participate in or connect with QFI?
QFI works with a variety of partners. If you are interested in partnering with QFI on a specific project or activity, please check out our website and look for more details about the various opportunities we offer. You are always welcome to submit a Letter of Inquiry on Apply. Be sure to sign-up for the newsletter so that you can stay up-to-date about all our grant deadlines and other opportunities. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!

Does QFI only work with schools?
In addition to schools, QFI has a variety of partners that range from organizations to institutions to universities.

What resources do you provide?
Many of our grants and programs are specifically for the goal of increasing quality resources related to learning Arabic or about the Arab world.  Examples include Al Masdar, Arabic Yoga, Madur Al-Huruf, and Tilemaker. You can find more:

How do we work with grantees?
We are committed to the success of our grantees and work closely with all applicants, offering competitive Requests for Proposals (RfPs) in addition to thoughtful consideration of unsolicited proposals that are well-aligned with our mission.

We are open to submissions that may address a wide range of needs for a variety of stakeholders – be it a student looking for a summer study opportunity; a school principal exploring options for adding or expanding Arabic language classes; an educator seeking classroom resources that complement and expand on his/her lesson plans; or a variety of other possibilities. For more information, please see grant-specific guidelines and requirements on our grants management system visit: http://qfi.org/grants/

I am a current educator of Arabic. How can I join your programs or participate in QFI’s teacher professional development opportunities?
We believe strong programs are only possible with strong educators. To that end, we provide multiple opportunities for primary and secondary Arabic educators to develop and hone their skills. For more information, visit: https://www.qfi.org/arabic-language/

There are also five regional teacher councils open for Arabic educators to join. These teacher councils hold their professional development workshops as well. For more information, visit: https://www.qfi.org/opportunities/arabic-teacher-councils/

You can also contact the Arabic Language with any questions at arabic@qfi.org

I am not an Arabic language educator but still want to participate. What can I do?
We offer programs for teachers of social studies, math, science, and the arts to explore the Arab world as part of their curriculum. We offer leadership and professional development through our Arab Cultures and Societies and Connected Communities programs.  For more information, visit https://www.qfi.org/for-teachers/opportunities/

Do you provide grants outside of Arabic language teaching?
In addition to the Arabic language, we offer a variety of grants for students and educators that inspire meaningful connections with the Arab world. Classroom Resource Enrichment Grants are also awarded to provide educators with supplementary funding to purchase educational tools and resources or further knowledge about the Arab world.  You can learn more about these grants and programs here: https://www.qfi.org/arab-societies-and-cultures/

What grant opportunities are available for private institutions that want to teach Arabic?

QFI focuses on providing support to public or state-funded organizations. However, educators in any type of school can benefit from resources found on Al-Masdar and participate in our regional teacher councils: https://www.qfi.org/opportunities/arabic-teacher-councils/

Do you offer any grants for students who want to study Arabic in college?

Through the Arabic Honor Society, QFI offers Academic Awards for students. For more information, visit: https://www.arabichonorsociety.com/scholarships

How can I apply for funding to start an Arabic program in my district or school?
All of our grantmaking follows strict guidelines and a competitive process. If you are interested in QFI funding, we encourage you to check our Grants and Opportunities pages:

Is QFI part of a larger organization? Where Does QFI get its money?
QFI is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private, non-profit organization founded in 1995. QFI is fully owned and funded by QF.

Does QFI have a political agenda?
Our focus is on teaching the Arabic language and Arab culture. Given that the history and context of both are primarily based in the Middle East and North Africa, a broad understanding necessarily involves touching on a wide range of issues relevant to those countries. However, our role is not to advocate for any particular country, religion, or political viewpoint. We are happy to engage with everyone in pursuit of our goal of connecting communities for the common good as long as they pass our background check, meet our granting requirements, and successfully make it through the award process.

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