Fellowships

2013 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. The program includes two different types of fellowships. Applicants must be individual members of AIAS to apply. For more information on membership, please see the AIAS web site at http://www.bu.edu/aias/join.html

Deadline: March 15, 2013
Announcements: Approximately April 15, 2013

Research Fellowship
Eligible: U.S. Citizens (only)
Designed for: Pre-doctoral, Post-doctoral, Junior and Senior Scholars*
Restrictions: Cannot be used for travel to, from or within Afghanistan; Cannot be used for work within the U.S.
Average Award: $6,000

Afghanistan Travel Fellowship
Eligible: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, Non-U.S. Citizens with a U.S. Institutional Appointment
Designed for: Senior Scholars*
Restrictions: None
Average Award: $3,000

Applicants may apply for one or both of the fellowships when submitting his or her application** Interested applicants should submit the following material.

Online Application Form (click here to access the form)
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 web site.
8. Names of three individuals from whom you have requested letters of reference. Each such referee should be instructed to mail or fax the letter directly to AIAS at address below.

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:

E-mail: aias.boston@gmail.com

Mail:

Michael Carroll
AIAS US Administrative Director
Boston University
232 Bay State Road, Room 426
Boston, MA 02215 USA
Fax: 617 358-4650 Phone: 617 358-4649

* 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.

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


2012 Getty Research Exchange Fellowship Program for the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East

The American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce a new cycle of the Getty Research Exchange Fellowship Program. This program of research fellowships and seminars will serve to build cooperative networks among scholars from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen whose research and professional interests focus on art history.  The program will draw on the resources, facilities, and contacts of American overseas research centers located in Algeria and Turkey to enable the recipients to further their research and to build professional networks in and among the host countries.

This fellowship is open to Afghani schoalrs who have already obtained a Ph.D. or have professional experience in the in the field of art history and who wish to undertake a specific research project in Algeria or Turkey related to the seminar theme: Art and Archaeology of the Sacred in Algeria or Vision and Visual Culture in Byzantium in Turkey. Approximately ten fellows total will be selected – five to conduct research in Algeria and five to conduct research in Turkey.

Getty Research Exchange Fellows will receive a travel and living expense stipend of $7,500. The fellowship tenure will be June 9 to July 16, 2012, including an opening and closing seminar.  A final report in English is due no later than September 17, 2012. 

Afghani scholars must apply through AIAS. Fellowship applicants will submit their research grant applications directly to AIAS, which will in turn forward them, with comments, to CAORC. Fellows will be selected by an appropriate scholarly review panel appointed by CAORC and will be judged on the scholarly significance of their proposal and its importance to understanding the focus region and seminar theme; the potential value of any collaboration proposed; the feasibility of the research design; the applicant’s research background; and quality of reference letter. CAORC will inform the applicants via email by April 16, 2012.

Fellowship locations include:

Art and Archaeology of the Sacred
Oran, Algeria | 9 June – 16 July 2012

Vision and Visual Culture in Byzantium
Istanbul, Turkey | 9 June – 16 July 2012

For additional details on the fellowship locations as well as required documents for application, please download the grant description and application form.

Application Deadline: January 3, 2012

Applications should be sent to the U.S. or Kabul AIAS office either electronically at aias@bu.edu or by post at:

American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
c/o Michael Carroll
Boston University
232 Bay State Road, Room 426
Boston, MA 02215 USA

Arrangements can also be made to submit applications in Kabul.

Download Application Instructions (Word .doc)
Download Application Form (Word .doc)


2011 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 knowledge of Afghanistan. Applicants should be at the post-doctoral level or have equivalent professional experience. The fellowship can support work focussing on any aspect of Afghanistan Studies.

The application process for the 2010 round of fellowships is now underway. Applications must be received by May 1, 2011 to receive consideration. Decisions will be made around June 1, 2011.

Fellowship applications should be sent to the AIAS US Office:

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

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2010 Getty Research Exchange Fellowship Program for the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East

The American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce the third cycle of the Getty Research Exchange Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is open to scholars who are Afghani citizens and who have already obtained a Ph.D. or have professional experience in the study or preservation of cultural heritage and who wish to undertake a specific research project at an overseas research centers in another country. 

Funded by the Getty Foundation, the fellowship includes a travel and living expense stipend of up to $4,000 for no less than one month of research.   The fellowship requires scholars to affiliate with one of the following overseas research centers:  American Academy in Rome; American Center of Oriental Research (Amman); American Institute for Maghrib Studies (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria); American Institute for Yemeni Studies (Sana’a); American Research Center in Egypt (Cairo); American Research Institute in Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara); American School of Classical Studies at Athens; Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (Nicosia); and the W.F Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem). Affiliation fees are to be paid out of the stipend by the recipient.

Afghani scholars must apply through AIAS. Final award selection will be conducted by CAORC. Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by April 30, 2010.

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Applications should be sent to the U.S. AIAS office either electronically at aias@bu.edu or by post at:

American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
c/o Michael Carroll
Boston University
745 Commonwealth Ave., Room 639
Boston, MA 02215

Download Application Instructions (Word .doc)
Download Application Form (Word .doc)


The American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) Student Paper Competition

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies announces its second student paper competition. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit scholarly works that focus on Afghan culture, society, land, languages, health, peoples and history. Submitted papers will be judged based on the quality of scholarship, application of extant literature, and overall contribution to Afghanistan studies. Students may submit their own work directly or
may be nominated by supervising faculty. Submissions must be accompanied by a separate email from the student's advisor confirming that the paper was completed as independent work while the author was a student.

The winner will be awarded a $750 cash prize and the option to have the paper published on the AIAS web site. Submissions received by October 1, 2008 will be given full consideration. In the unlikely event of insufficient academic merit, the committee reserves the right to award no prize this year.

The AIAS is an academic society committed to advancing the study of Afghanistan by scholars in the US and to the rebuilding of academic institutions and scholarly study in Afghanistan. The AIAS has administrative offices at Boston University and a research center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Please send submissions to Michael Carroll at aias@bu.edu.


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