Work With Us

Since its founding in 2002, AREU has been at the forefront of ground-breaking and timely research on Afghanistan. The think tank’s publications, which include issues papers, briefs, policy notes, have addressed the most pressing concerns when it comes to the development of Afghanistan from a social, economic, and political standpoint. AREU’s findings have impacted policy planning and implementation in Afghanistan. AREU’s researchers have traveled across the country too far off provinces to gather perspectives from local communities, which have contributed to research outputs that have been instrumental in shaping discourse on Afghanistan.

AREU’s publications not only inform policies but also the research conducted by students, academics, and independent researchers among many others. AREU has garnered international attention and led to the organization receiving awards and recognition as a leading think tank across many fields. Among the honors is being ranked as the top think in Afghanistan by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania for three years in a row (2017, 2018, and 2019).

AREU’s partnerships with independent researchers, scholars, academic institutions, think tanks, and consortiums are one of the primary reasons it succeeds in continuing to produce high-quality work. If you are interested in partnering with us on a research project or have a research proposal that falls within the purview of our thematic areas, we would love to hear from you.

Why work at AREU?

We are passionate about research and using the evidence we generate to inform and influence policy for the betterment of Afghanistan. At AREU, you will find yourself surrounded by career researchers from whom you can learn about a range of thematic research areas, their fieldwork experiences, and how we engage with domestic and international actors. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to our research and make an impact.

Who we look for?

We look for people who are intellectually curious, self-motivated, and driven by the desire to collaborate with others in a team environment. It is okay if you do not know about research in certain areas but have a willingness to learn, ask questions, and want to help your teammates when they are working to meet deadlines. We have a culture of collaboration, so if you enjoy exchanging ideas and learning from others you will fit right in at AREU.


While there are no job openings at this time, you can subscribe to our mailing list and/or follow us on our social media platforms to be kept informed of future opportunities.

Visiting Scholars Programme

AREU invites academics, postgraduate students (Masters and Ph.D.), and independent researchers who are interesting in conducting research on Afghanistan in one or more of our thematic areas to apply to the Visiting Scholars Programme (VSP). This program gives recipients:

  • Access to AREU’s resources
  • Assistance with conducting field research and facilitating meetings
  • The opportunity to collaborate with and/or gain expert insight from our researchers
  • Potential opportunity to get their work published at AREU in print and online

VSP recipients will be provided with office space at AREU for a maximum of three months. They will have access to facilities, including the library, and the internet during office hours. In exchange for the abovementioned opportunities, recipients will be expected to support AREU’s research by contributing to publications, blogs, and other areas depending on their expertise.

The biannual deadlines for the VSP application for 2021 are May 15 and September 15. Interested experts and scholars can submit the following documents to applications@areu.org.af Please specify “Visiting Scholars Programme” in the subject line.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter
  3. Outline of the research project you will be working on
  4. List of publications

Previous Scholars

Kaweh Kerami

PhD Candidate at SOAS, researching Democratisation in the midst of war: Elections and Electoral politics in Afghanistan, adjunct lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and research consultant at AREU.

Rodrigo (Rod) Mena

PhD in Humanitarian, Conflict and Disaster Studies | Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Kambaiz Rafi

PhD candidate at the Development Planning Unit | University College London

Sarajuddin Isar

PhD candidate at the Department of Development Studies | SOAS, University of London


AREU welcomes and encourages students who are interested in improving their research skills and have an academic background in our thematic areas of research to apply for an internship at AREU. Interning at AREU will not only provide students with practical work experience and skills but also expose them to the realities of working at an internationally-recognized, prestigious research think tank.

While there are no internship openings at this time, you can subscribe to our mailing list and/or follow us on our social media platforms to be kept informed of future opportunities.