American Institute of Afghanistan Studies

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The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS), founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the advanced study of Afghanistan in the United States of America. The institute is housed at Boston University in Massachusetts. The center is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.[1]

John F. Richards, of Duke University in North Carolina, was in the vanguard of establishing the AIAS and its inaugural meeting was held at Duke.[2]

Since its founding many academic institutions from across the United States have become affiliated with the Institute. Among these are: Boston University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, New York University, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and James Madison University.

The Institute promotes multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of Afghanistan and provides a fellowship grant available by application to those seeking to do field-work in Afghanistan while pursuing a relevant PhD.


  1. ^ "American Overseas Research Centers". Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  2. ^ Gilmartin, David. "About John F. Richards". Guha, Sumit; Bhagavan, Manu. Society for Advancing the History of South Asia. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 

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