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 Program

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 Program (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 2019 are May 15 and September 15. Interested experts and scholars can submit the following documents to applications@areu.org.af Please specify “Visiting Scholars Program” 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

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.