The Jawaher Fund for the Advancement of Women’s Education (The Fund) was established under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah, and chairperson of NAMA.

The Fund supports women’s education, and leverages public and private partnerships to provide career opportunities. Through research grants, and in collaboration with universities, the Fund backs the development of a repository of research and data on various topics related to women throughout history, and their impacts on society and the economy. By providing opportunities to build skills and proficiencies, the Fund empowers women as participants in all parts of the economy and as active citizens in their communities.

The fund focuses on


disciplines under STEM and Health


disciplines under Social Sciences

It is comprised of two distinct programmes:

1. International Scholarships: Scholarships will be offered to female undergraduate students in developing countries to study for a master's degree in reputed local universities.

Purpose - To promote studies in niche disciplines that could enhance women’s participation in the local economy and provide access to higher education opportunities.

2. Research Grant Awards: Grants will be awarded to faculty members and students (female or male) of selected universities for research projects that align with NAMA’s vision and mission.

Purpose - To encourage and support research with a gender lens perspective in disciplines such as:

• STEM and health

• Social sciences

• Business and finance

A committee will evaluate and select research proposals based on selection criteria.

If your university is interested in the fund, please reach out to: programmes@namawomen.ae


To provide an enabling environment for women to access knowledge, services, support systems and resources, through a development network that advances them to reach their highest potential – in short, we are working towards building an equitable world for women.

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