Saudi Announces Grants to Encourage Research on the Founding of the Saudi State

Saudi Announces Grants to Encourage Research on the Founding of the Saudi State
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Saudi Announces Grants to Encourage Research on the Founding of the Saudi State

Saudi Announces Grants to Encourage Research on the Founding of the Saudi State

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture announced research grants for historians and researchers seeking to conduct research focused on the founding of the first Saudi state by Imam Muhammad bin Saud in 1727.

The 1139 Research Grants for the Foundation Day will be awarded to qualified researchers and historians from universities and research centers.

In its first edition this year, the grant has a focus on the social, political and cultural history of the first Saudi state, most notably culture, urbanization in cities of Najd, Diriyah before its founding, and social life, education and entertainment in the first Saudi state, in addition to poetry, hunting and wildlife in Wadi Hanifa.

The Ministry said applications for grants can be submitted between July 1 and mid-August. It has allocated 20,000 Riyals for each grant for papers between 10 and 12 thousand words. An additional 10,000 Riyal grant will be awarded to researchers whose paper gets accepted in a peer-reviewed journal or approved as an encyclopedia entry.

The ministry has set the terms and conditions for applying for grants. The most important are: the applicant must either have a master’s or doctorate degree or a solid research record. The research should be desk work, as the grants this year do not include fieldwork. Applicants also have to meet the deadline for submission, as no application submitted at a later date will be accepted. Applicants must submit a research abstract in 800 words, as well as an explanation for why they chose this topic, the methodology they will follow, and, most importantly, the sources that will be relied on, as well as the duration of the research which cannot exceed nine months.



2 Amur Tiger Cubs Have their 1st Public Outing at German Zoo

Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
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2 Amur Tiger Cubs Have their 1st Public Outing at German Zoo

Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)

Two Amur tiger cubs had their first public outing Thursday at Cologne Zoo in Germany, one of several zoos that have sought to help keep up the numbers of the rare big cats.
The cubs — a female named Tochka and a male named Timur — were born in mid-April and now weigh about 13 kilos each. The pair explored their enclosure together with their mother, 13-year-old Katinka.
Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are found in the far east of Russia and northeastern China and are considered endangered.
“We are very happy and proud of the offspring of this highly threatened species,” zoo curator Alexander Sliwa said in a statement, which said that 240 Amur tigers in zoos are currently part of a European program to help conserve and breed the animals.
Katinka was brought from the zoo in Nuremberg last summer in exchange for Cologne tiger Akina after the existing pairs at both zoos had long failed to produce offspring. She quickly hit it off with 9-year-old Sergan, the cubs' father, the zoo said.