Research Fellowships

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) offers a variety of fellowship opportunities for scholars conducting work within the field of Afghanistan studies. These fellowships can be used towards short-term projects or other research programs to advance scholarship on Afghanistan. Every year, AIAS awards a series fellowships through the John F. Richards Fellowship program. The Richards Fellowship program is named in honor of belated Professor John F. Richards, one of the founding members of AIAS and a proponent of scholarship on South Asia.

The fellowships are divided into two categories: Research Fellowships and Afghanistan Travel Fellowships.

Research Fellowships are awarded to U.S. Citizens and are available to scholars of all levels. Scholars may not use these funds for travel to, from, or within Afghanistan and may not use these funds to conduct research within the United States.

The Afghanistan Travel Fellowships are open to senior scholars* who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, or Non-U.S. Citizens with a U.S. Institutional Appointment. The Travel Fellowships may support travel to Afghanistan.

Application instructions for each year are available by mid-February. For more information on past awards, please visit Richards Fellowship Recipients.


* Senior scholar denotes a scholar or practitioner who holds a tenure-track or tenure-equivalent position at a higher education institution, or an individual or independent scholar who can demonstrate significant experience in research or academic activity. For questions of eligibility, please contact AIAS.

**Individuals may apply for both fellowships, provided that they meet all restrictions and can demonstrate significant distinction between projects. Individuals must be able to effectively demonstrate within their proposal that no funds will be used to travel to or in support of traveling to Afghanistan under the research fellowship. (Example: Research funds cannot be used for a flight to Europe to defer the cost of travel to Afghanistan.) For additional information, please contact the AIAS office.