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Frequently Asked Questions

Our mission at Stars of Science (SOS) is to drive interest in science and innovation among youth in the Arab world. Stars of Science is about opening doors for Arab talent and encouraging them to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential.

Despite the enormous success achieved since launching Stars of Science, we cannot let ourselves become complacent about this success and need to acknowledge missteps when they are made. We want to apologize for any unintentional offence caused by comments made by SOS judges to a contestant in a recent episode. This runs counter to our long track record of empowering young people and does not fairly represent the values of the show or its judges.

We are enormously proud of how Stars of Science has supported female innovators, who now represent 30 percent of contestants and nearly half of the top nine finalists – the highest number to date. Over the past 10 years, we have welcomed change-makers from 18 Arab nations, raised more than $14 million in funding and created businesses with impact. Everyone associated with making the programme including its dedicated jury members is passionate about creating positive change through science, technology, and innovation and supporting young people to succeed.

Yes, Stars of Science is an original TV format. The flagship “edutainment reality” TV format initiated by Qatar Foundation, is the Arab world’s leading innovation show that enables the region’s aspiring science and technology entrepreneurs.

Stars of Science will be aired on several channels across the region – please see our Broadcasters page for more details of airing times. You can catch up on episodes via our website.

Also, Alaraby TV broadcasts around the globe. For a full list of their distribution & countries covered please visit:

Applications are open to candidates of Arab origin throughout the world.

A technical team of science experts reviews the online applications based on the following criteria:

  • Complexity: How much time would the innovation require to be developed?
  • Use: What problem is the product trying to solve?
  • Marketability: Could there be a demand for this product?
  • Patentability: Could the intellectual properties of this invention be protected?

Promising candidates from across the Arab world are invited to attend pitching sessions. Potential projects that respond to the selection criteria are shortlisted for further review and final selection by Jury members. Please see our jury section for more information about them.

  • 1st Prize - $300,000
  • 2nd Prize - $150,000
  • 3rd Prize - $100,000
  • 4th Prize - $50,000

Following the selection of the top 4 finalists, TV viewers will get the chance to vote via the Stars of Science website during the last week of the finals before the last episode 10, at parity with the Jury who will cast their vote at the live Finale that airs on November 24th 2018. More details can be found on our home page once voting commences.

The candidates are not filmed 24 / 7. The filming covers only the work of the candidates on their innovation projects as well as the outings organized in the framework of the competition

Candidates have access to a wide variety of specialists from around 200 official partners and supportive institutions. Moreover, they are helped by the permanent mentors on the program

The partners are:

  • TEXAS A&M University at Qatar
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
  • College of the North Atlantic Qatar
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Mada Assistive Technology Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
  • Qatar University
  • Qatar Science and Technology Park
  • Qatar National Research Fund
  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute
  • Qatar Business Incubation Center
  • Sidra Medicine

Please see our partners section for more information

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 and of Arab origin.

In prototyping they are looking at:

  • Prototype performance 50%
  • Industrial Design 30%
  • Resourcefulness and Leadership 20%                                  

In customer validation they are looking at:

  • Marketability 50%
  • Social, economic and/or environmental Sustainability  30%
  • Resourcefulness and Leadership 20%

The show is open to ideas that contribute potential solutions in the following areas:

  • Health and Biomedical Sciences
  • ICT and Computer Sciences
  • Energy and Environment

We consider projects of different levels, whether in the early stages of design, or a basic prototype, a patented idea, etc. all levels are welcome. However, a finished product ready for market does not fit the requirements of this competition.

If you want to increase your chances of being selected, we strongly recommend you have worked on the sketches for your innovation, or a plan of how you see the innovation being realized. The more information you have that communicates your ideas clearly, the better your chances for success will be in making it to the final selection.

You can submit as many as you like however please note that if you are shortlisted, it will be for one of your ideas only, so please consider your strongest project when applying.

No. There are no costs to applying or auditioning, and no cost to participate if your idea is chosen. The program will be covering all costs of travel, accommodation and development of the selected innovations

If your idea solves a problem or makes an existing product better, or more sustainable we would like to take a look at it, provided it does not violate any existing patent rights.

Please send an email to, add your application number if you have already filled one and your contact phone numbers.

At this stage of the competition, we only need you to send us your most essential material in an attachment form that must not exceed 2MB and as long as you have filled in the questionnaire fully to explain your innovation concept, our team of experts will be in touch with you if needed. In any case we require more material, you can send it to the address:

Stars of Science is focused on inspiring and enabling young Arab innovators from Across the Arab world in line with its mission. Whilst we value the contribution older innovators could make in solving regional problems, they do not fit our application criteria and they would be better served by applying for other incubators or accelerators. Check out opportunities with our partners at QSTP or QBIC for examples of such programs.