Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Qatar Foundation International (QFI)?

 Founded in Washington DC in 2009, QFI is a grant making organization that supports three different program areas in primary and secondary schools to inspire meaningful connections with the Arab world.

 Arabic Language Education

Supporting the teaching and learning of the Arabic language.

Arab Societies and Culture

Enhancing the understanding of Arab societies and cultures.

Connected Communities

Bringing students and teachers together virtually and in-person to achieve 21st century skills and Global Competency.

To support these program areas, QFI engages a diverse, global community of students and educators in student-centered learning environments.

How does QFI work with grantees?

We are committed to the success of our grantees and work closely with all applicants, offering competitive Requests for Application (RfAs) and Requests for Proposals (RfPs) in addition to thoughtful consideration of unsolicited proposals that are well-aligned with our mission. For more information, please see grant-specific guidelines and requirements on our grants management system,

Each submission addresses a different need – be it a student receiving a grant to pursue higher education or a summer study opportunity; a school principal exploring options for adding or expanding Arabic language classes; or, a teacher seeking classroom resources that complement his/her lesson plan and learning standards.

Where does QFI work?

Please refer to our map to see our programs and partners across the globe.

What types of learning resources does QFI offer?

We believe that every student has the right to access quality education. Since 2009, we have embraced the Open Education Resource Movement (OER).

Our programs address one of the greatest challenges facing Arabic teachers and non-language teachers: a lack of high quality, easily searchable K-12 Arabic language and Arab culture materials that can be quickly adapted and used in the classroom. To address this need, we have supported the development of classroom ready materials and online platforms, created by recognized education professionals and experts around the world.

Our open education resource website Al-Masdar, provides Arabic language and Arab culture teaching materials, opportunities, news, and events relevant to both teachers and students. Al-Masdar is a single source for teachers to create, publish, and collaborate with colleagues on materials developed for their classrooms.

Materials, resources and online platforms for students, teachers and administrators are developed with QFI support in partnership with a variety of academic entities.  A list of QFI partners can be seen here.

How can I participate in QFI programming?

We offer support and programs for schools and organizations, teachers, and students.  Please refer to these links to see support parameters:

Schools and Organizations 



How can I stay informed about QFI programing? 

You are welcome to subscribe to QFI’s newsletter here.

For general inquiries, please contact us at 

Is QFI part of a larger organization?

 QFI is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) a private, non-profit organization with three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development.

 The QF community is composed a of prestigious academic institutions from around the globe. Click here to view all QF entities.