French Qatari Medical specialization program - Call for application


Qatari physicians interested in enrolling in a French residency program to obtain a French specialization degree can apply from February 28th, 2022 until March 28th, 2022.

The program of cooperation between France and Qatar regarding the specialization in France of Qatari physicians is based on the excellence both of the physicians who will be trained and the French training. The added value of the specialization training program in France is based on the fact that physicians work as practitioners in a patient-centred organization while receiving top-level teaching. Qatari doctors are given rights as the French residents and they are expected to have the same obligations, which means that their willingness to commit to the program, according to the French rules, is highly expected. Conditional to their successful completion of the required exams, Qatari doctors will obtain the exact same specialization degree (Diplôme d’Etudes Spécialisées - DES) as French residents.

Dentists and other medical professions are not concerned by this call for applications.


-  To be a Qatari citizen,
-  To be a medical physician,
-  To be less than 33-year-old.

Speaking French is not required at the time of application even though it is a plus to be mentioned in the statement letter.


As part of a patient-centred program in France, Qatari doctors will speak French with their colleagues and with patients. Thus, a B2-level is requested at the time they start their residency at the hospital, with no exception.

To attain the B2-level at the start of the residency program, the candidates may benefit from a one-year intensive French course in a French language centre selected in collaboration with the Qatari embassy in Paris.


All the medical specialities (list is in annex) were available in 2021.

Applicants should also take into consideration that very few positions are offered in the following specialties:
-  Dermatology,
-  Plastic Surgery.

Please note that once physicians have been selected for this program and enrolled in a medical school, they cannot ask for a change of geographical area or specialty. They will be selected for a specific speciality in a specific geographical area.

Qatari physicians will not be allowed to stay in France to practice as specialists at the end of the program and will be kindly invited to practice in Qatar. A specific fellowship program is open and can allow them to subspecialize in a 1 or 2-year program with a temporary medical licence given by the French board.

They will be highly expected to keep and sustain close relationships with France and to participate in the Qatari network of doctors trained in France.

Applicants must also be aware that the years already spent in Qatar in the required speciality cannot be currently taken into consideration and that they will have to enrol in a full residency program (from 4 or 5 years for medical specialties to 6 years for surgical specialties).


-  Registration form: “2022 - Registration form for medical specialized training program in France”: this document (word format) can be downloaded here

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Registration Form 2022
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-  Letter of motivation / statement letter
-  Curriculum vitae / resume
-  Certificates including graduation certificates, certificates of completion internship, other certificates, accreditations
-  Grade transcripts
-  1 up to 3 letters of recommendations / reference letters (from the head of service, for instance)
-  Any individual requests including some specific requirements (international school for the kids…)
-  Copy of the passport

Applicants can also provide any document which could represent an added value to the application such as a document from the employer/sponsor which stipulates their own interest to support the application in a specific specialty.
Applicants are asked to pay particular attention to the letter of motivation (statement letter) which is very important in the process of selection: this letter stresses in particular the motivation to go to France and to commit to the French Qatari program of cooperation.
The statement letter:
-  describing the applicant,
-  the reason why he/she has chosen this particular medical speciality and why France,
-  the targeted needs in his/her hospital and/or in Qatar regarding this specialty,
-  his/her expectations from the French residency program regarding his/her professional objectives,
-  his/her professional future when back in Qatar,
-  additionnal information the applicant considers useful to support his/her application such as his/her current level in French language.
Note that incomplete files will be automatically refused. If a file is not complete, the applicant will not be contacted to complete it. Every element has to be sent in the application email.


-  Electronic documents (registration form in word format and for other documents, if possible, in PDF format) will be sent to the following e-mail addresses:

with copy to:

-  The subject of the email shall be: Application2022/QA/Your name

Deadline: March 28th, 2022


The procedure of evaluation of the applications will be carried out under the umbrella of the Joint French Qatari commission as follows:
-  Each application file will be assessed by French and Qatari experts,
-  Two lists will be published on the website of the French Embassy in Doha, a primary list of candidates straightaway accepted for the residency program in France and a reserved list of candidates,
-  The candidates on the primary list will have 15 days following their official acceptance by the Commission to accept or decline the offer,
-  An official letter of acceptance will allow selected candidates to seek for sponsors and to finalize their official application (usually 6 to 8 weeks are required),
-  With their financial guarantee, candidates will also be able to apply to a French language centre with the support of the Qatari embassy in Paris (see point 2. French language),
-  Selected doctors are highly encouraged to begin French courses in Qatar during the period dedicated to complete the administrative issues with their sponsors and to obtain the visa. It will be very helpful to get a A2-level before going to France,
-  The deadline to begin intensive French training in France is January 1st 2023; all candidates will be declined after that term if they are not registered in a language center in France,
-  Applicants who were not accepted will not be informed individually (the list of selected people is the reference),
-  The residency program begins in November of each year, by which time the candidates are expected to have finished the intensive French courses and obtained the requested B2 level.  

published on 03/03/2022

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