2021 John F. Richards Fellowships

The 2021 John F. Richards Fellowship Program application cycle is now open.


2021 John F. Richards Fellowship Program

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) invites applications for support of short-term research or other scholarly projects that will advance the knowledge of Afghanistan. The Institute will be accepting applications for proposed projects along two tiers of the John F. Richards Fellowship Program.

Applicants must be individual members of AIAS to apply. For more information on membership, please go to Membership > Join AIAS

Deadline: April 15, 2021
Announcements: Early May, 2021

**Applicants may only apply for one of the fellowships when submitting his or her application**

1) Research Fellowship
Scholars applying for the Research fellowship may use funds to support research on Afghanistan through utilization of resources outside of Afghanistan and the United States. The Richards Research Fellowship is funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 
Eligible: U.S. Citizens (only)
• Designed for: Pre-doctoral, Post-doctoral, Junior and Senior Scholars*
• Restrictions: Due to current State Department travel restrictions cannot be used for travel to, from or within Afghanistan; Cannot be used for work within the U.S.
• Awards up to $6,000

2) Afghanistan Travel Fellowship
Scholars applying for the Afghanistan Travel fellowship may use funds to support research conducted within Afghanistan. The Richards Travel Fellowships is funded through the generosity of our members. 
• Eligible: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, Non-U.S. Citizens with a U.S. Institutional Affiliation
• Designed for: Doctoral, Post-Doctoral, Junior, and Senior Scholars*
• Restrictions: May only be used for travel to and within Afghanistan.
• Awards up to $3,000

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

A) Online Application Form (click here to access the form)
The online application form will request the following information:
1 – Name, Address, and Citizenship Information.
2 – Project Title.
3 – Indication of which fellowship you will apply for.
4 – Total amount requested.
5 – Current position and academic affiliation
6 – Degrees granted with dates and granting institution
7 – Brief abstract of the project of approximately 250 words for potential use on the AIAS website.
8 – Names of three individuals from whom you have requested letters of reference. Each such referee should be instructed to mail or email the letter directly to AIAS at the address(es) listed below.

B) Additional Items by E-Mail or Mail
1 – Full CV, containing the following information:
a) Full name
b) Preferred address
c) Current position and academic affiliation
d) Degrees granted with dates and granting institution
e) A list of significant publications, previous grants and fellowships held, and any Afghan related works in progress.
2 – Statement describing the nature of the proposed research or project, including the contribution it will make to Afghan studies. This should be double-spaced and not to exceed 1,500 words.
3 – Full budget narrative.
4 – Three letters of recommendation.
5 – Project timetable with research locations.

Additional Items may be sent to:




American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
232 Bay State Road, Room 426
Boston, MA 02215 USA

* 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.

To begin your application: Go to the Online Application form.