John F. Richards Fellowship Program 2023 (Funding available)

Deadline: April 17, 2023

Applications are open for the John F. Richards Fellowship Program 2023. 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 fellowship 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 Travel Fellowships and Afghanistan Research Grants.


  • Research Travel Fellowship has a maximum award of $6,000.
  • Afghanistan Research Grants has a maximum award of $3,000.


Research Travel Fellowship

  • Open to U.S. Citizens only
  • Designed for scholars of all levels
  • The award cannot be used for travel to, from or within Afghanistan. It cannot be used for work within the U.S.

Afghanistan Research Grant

  • Open to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, Non-U.S. Citizens with a U.S. Institutional Appointment
  • It is designed for Graduate (MA/Doctoral), Post-Doctoral, junior and senior scholars.


Application materials are as follows:

  • Full CV
  • Statement describing the nature of the proposed research or project, including the contribution it will make to Afghan studies,
  • double-spaced and not to exceed 1,500 words
  • Full budget narrative
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Project timetable with research locations

Click here to apply

For more information, visit AIAS Research Fellowships.