Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

The university offers benefits to eligible faculty and staff members working in Qatar. Eligible employees may cover their eligible dependents under certain benefits. Benefits-eligible expatriate employees may register and cover their same- or opposite-sex domestic partner. Offerings and coverage are determined by your employment status (full- or part-time, expatriate or local).

Benefits Effective Date

  • For Local HiresBenefits always go into effect on the first of the month. For example, if the hire date is the first of the month, the benefits effective date is the same date. Otherwise, the benefits effective date is the first day of the month following the date you were hired or became eligible.
  • For Expatriates —  If you are already employed by Carnegie Mellon, your benefits become effective on the first day of the month prior to the start of your international assignment. If you are newly hired, your benefits effective date is your first day of employment.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time, benefits-eligible —Scheduled Hours: At least 37.5 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule
  • Part-time, benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: At least 17.5 hours per week or 46.7% of a full-time schedule
  • Not benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: Less than 17.5 hours per week or 46.7% of a full-time schedule

Retirement Savings Eligibility

  • All employees who are U.S. citizens (expatriate or local hire) may contribute to a retirement savings plan by payroll deduction.
  • Full-time employees who are paid in USD and are expatriates are eligible for university contributions to a retirement savings plan.
  • Part-time employees who are paid in USD and are expatriates are eligible for university contributions once they reach 1,000 hours in an employment year.

Specific eligibility requirements (such as minimum hours worked, citizenship, U.S. sourced income/expatriate status, service requirement, etc.) or different benefit levels may exist.

Benefits Offerings for Eligible Expatriates and Local-Hire Non-Qatari Citizens

Health and Welfare

  • Medical, Prescription and Vision Coverage through Cigna or Aetna
    • The Aetna plan offers two options—one that includes non-emergency care in the United States, and one that does not
  • Dental Coverage through Cigna (full-time employees only)
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance (full-time employees only)

Financial

  • Spending Accounts (full-time employees who are expatriates with U.S. sourced income only)
  • Retirement Savings
    • University contribution of 8% of your salary (9.78% for employees on a 9-month appointment) to the 403(b) Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan (FSRP) at no cost to you (expatriates with U.S. sourced income only; part-time employees must work 1000 hours in an employment year)
    • Pre-tax or post-tax (Roth) supplemental contributions to the FSRP (expatriates with U.S. sourced income and U.S. citizen local hires only)
  • Tuition Benefits for Yourself
  • Tuition Benefits for Your Dependent Children (full-time employees only)

Other Benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program [pdf]
  • Time Away from Work (full-time employees only)
    • Paid Time Off guidelines and accruals vary based on position, hire date and employment type
    • All full-time Carnegie Mellon employees observe designated paid holidays consistent with the host country
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance (full-time employees only)
  • Aetna Travel Insurance (full-time employees only)
    • For eligible full-time employees traveling abroad on CMU business for less than 180 days

Benefits Offerings for Eligible Local-Hire Qatari Citizens

Health and Welfare

  • Medical, Prescription and Vision Coverage through Aetna
    • The Aetna plan offers two options—one that includes non-emergency care in the United States, and one that does not
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance (full-time employees only)

Financial

Other Benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program [pdf]
  • Time Away from Work (full-time employees only)
    • Paid Time Off guidelines and accruals vary based on position, hire date and employment type
    • All full-time Carnegie Mellon employees observe designated paid holidays consistent with the host country
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance (full-time employees only)
  • Aetna Travel Insurance (full-time employees only)
    • For eligible full-time employees traveling abroad on CMU business for less than 180 days

Contact the Carriers

CIGNA Global Health Benefits Plan
Group Number: 02424A
Phone:  or 302-797-3100
Toll Free: 800-441-2668 (Outside the U.S. should call toll free)
Tel-Drug Phone: 800-835-3784 or 605-373-0100

Aetna International
Phone: 800-01-08 (Qatar toll free) or 
+971-4-438-7602 (from outside Qatar)

MetLife
Disability, Life and AD&D Insurance
Phone: 800-638-6420

Plan Documents