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Non-Resident Fellow

The Non-Resident Fellow at the Afghanistan Policy Lab at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs will be responsible for providing research, analysis, and strategic support to advance the mission and objectives of the Lab. The fellow will work closely with the Lab's director and fellows to design a project (policy research, training, journalism/media multimedia activity such as a podcast or develop a creative engagement with the youth of Afghanistan that address pressing challenges in Afghanistan in one of the following four areas of Lab’s focus: humanitarian aid, civic space, gender issues, and healing/reconciliation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Lab director and other fellows to identify a research area for his/her study that contribute to advancing the Lab's mission and objectives.
  • Conducting a project/policy research as described above, on Afghanistan including analyzing data, conducting interviews, and synthesizing information from a variety of sources.
  • Produce a high-quality report, a policy brief based on research findings, and present findings to diverse audiences, including policymakers, academics, and practitioners.
  • Can contribute to the development of new research proposals, and design of panel discussions and roundtables.
  • Attend Lab’s monthly meetings virtually, and other relevant events, and actively participate in Lab discussions and debates.  Possible attendance of one event a semester in person.


  • Living in the US and having work authorization in the US.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as international relations, public policy, political science, or a related discipline, with a preferred work experience of 7-10 years
  • Demonstrated experience in policy research, analysis, and writing, with a focus on Afghanistan and the region.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with the ability to present complex findings to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.
  • The candidate perform is expected to perform their work virtually.


The non-resident fellow will report to the Lab director and work closely with other fellows, faculty, and staff of the SPIA.


The non-resident fellow will be compensated upon completion of their final deliverable a $10,000 USD grant. Covering one-time transportation and accommodation to/from Princeton University (in case of need).


One year

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, one-page research or project proposal, and resume below. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. For consideration, please apply by August 15, 2023.