KFCRIS research team received a research grant from Harvard University

Date: August 1, 2017

The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies has received a research grant from Harvard University, presented by the John F. Kennedy School of Government, funding a research project in the field of economics led by the principal researcher in the field of political economy Dr. Fahad Al-Sharif.

The basic research proposal entitled "Skills Development and Job Creation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Assessment of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program in the Light of the Saudi National Transformation Program" was selected from dozens of titles from universities and research centers around the world. The research grant is part of the "Policy Design Guides" program at Harvard University. The program aims to design policies that help governments make use of available resources in labor market development, identification of problems and effective evidence-based policy-making.

The Harvard University Review Committee expressed its admiration for the Center's research proposal, particularly its policy importance, and the possibility of finding important insights into the impact of study programs abroad on labor market outcomes.
The grant is financial funding for the work of the proposed research submitted by the main researcher at the center and his assistants, for a full year, to contribute to support the evaluation of policies in the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Fahad Al-Sherif said that the research will provide an analysis of the outputs of the scholarship program and assessment of labor market policies in order to build effective policies that contribute to benefiting from the study programs, diversifying the economy and reducing the effects of ineffective programs.