A year ago, when the Prince Salman Abdulaziz Chair for Arabian Peninsula History and Civilization was organized and inaugurated by the Prince, he announced that he would provide an annual stipend of $270,000 for to the chair for research.
Recently, Prince Salman’s promise was fulfilled when he presented the $270,000 to the chair’s supervisor, Dr. Abdullah N. Al-Subaiy, who expressed his profound appreciation and said the donation would lead to significant scientific breakthroughs in the quest for knowledge involving the history of the Kingdom and Arabian Peninsula.
Dr. Al-Subaiy said the stipend reflects the Prince’s profound desire to see the Kingdom’s history preserved and said the funds will go a long way in support of the chair’s researchers. He added that it will generate even greater historical studies of the Kingdom and the Arab Peninsula in general.
Dr. Al-Subaiy announced that the donation will provide 10 annual grants to graduate students from universities within the Kingdom and abroad. In addition to the grants, recipients will receive acknowledgement certificates and medals bearing the chair’s logo.
Dr. Al-Subaiy added that funding will be invested in two areas, one for Ph.D and Masters students who submit the best theses, based on the recommendations of a committee, and the second being scientific research projects within the Rectorship of Scientific Studies Daem (supporter) Program.
The chair supervisor said the competition was open to all Saudi graduate students and he implied that the competition will be intense considering that Prince Salman’s support for history, particularly the Arabian Peninsula’s, has become familiar to many researchers.
“Prince Salman is passionate about history,” Dr. Al-Subaiy said. “He is the prince of historians and a historical authority himself, locally and internationally. He has supported outstanding project proposals, some completed and some pending. He is the living memory of our proud nation”.
The Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Chair for Arabian Peninsula History and Civilization Studies was set up to promote historical and cultural academic studies of the Arabian Peninsula and to invite researchers to lecture about this history. The chair sponsors joint research, and provides government and non-government bodies with consultations and studies on subjects related to the chair’s activities.
The chair also strives to assist researchers and postgraduate students of the Arabian Peninsula to support international seminars, publish studies and launch research partnerships with other history centers.
The Chair was founded in December of 2009, a collaboration between the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) in Riyadh and King Saud University.
The Chair organized its first workshop at the Darah headquarters in June 2010 and produced its first historical publication, entitled “The History of the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula in Portuguese Documents” a few months later.