With funding provided by the Khyentse Foundation, the American Academy of Religion will award travel grants to support the participation of native Himalayan or Tibetan scholars at the 2021 and 2021 AAR Annual Meetings. This travel grant program encourages inclusivity for scholars from the religiously and ethnically diverse wider geographic region of Inner Asia, Himalayas, and Tibet. The members of the AAR Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Program Unit will review the eligible applications and select the grant winners. There will be two grant cycles: one in 2021 (open) and one in 2022 (opening in 2022).
To be eligible to apply, applicants must be accepted to participate on a panel or session at the AAR Annual Meeting.
Grant winners within North America will be awarded $1,500 USD. International grant winners will be awarded $2,500 USD. The costs for an AAR Membership (if not current) and the Annual Meeting registration fee will be deducted from the award amount before grant funds are disbursed to the recipient. The grant funds will be dispersed in US currency only. International grant winners are responsible for converting funds.
Eligible travel expenses include roundtrip standard coach air/train fare, ground transportation, lodging and meals. No indirect costs, such as administration fees or conversion costs, are permitted.
Grant recipients must submit a final report detailing participation in the Annual Meeting and supporting documentation for expenses by December 31 of the award year.
2021 Grant Cycle
Native Himalayan or Tibetan scholar
Acceptance to participate on a panel or session at the 2021 AAR Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
Scholars at any stage of their career are eligible, with enrollment in a doctoral program as the minimum qualification
Special consideration will be given to early career scholars and first time participants at the Annual Meeting
Preference will be given to applicants participating in the AAR’s Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Program Unit
Grant Application Process
Applicants must complete the online application submission form. Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information:
Name and email address
Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
Tibetan or Himalayan region of origin
Scheduled participation at the 2021 Annual Meeting (e.g., presenting a paper, serving on a panel), including the title and abstract of the proposals that have been accepted
Applicants must submit their grant application through an online submission form. Late applications cannot be accepted.
Recipients may not receive more than one AAR travel grant for the 2021 cycle.
AAR Membership (if not current) and Annual Meeting registration fee costs will be deducted from the award amount
Grant winners must register for the Annual Meeting no later than June 30, 2021.
A final report detailing participation in the Annual Meeting and supporting documentation for expenses must be submitted by December 31, 2021.
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