Annual Meeting Travel Grants


Every spring, the AAR awards 25 travel grants of $500 each and complimentary registration to that year's November Annual Meeting to members who demonstrate both financial need and a desire to participate in the November Annual Meeting. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Special consideration will be given to applicants from underrepresented minorities. View a list of past winners.


  • Current AAR membership at the time of application and throughout the grant period. Preference will be given to applicants with consistent membership, a record of attending Annual Meetings, and a history of contributions to the work of the AAR.
  • Current status as a contingent, graduate student, un/underemployed, or retired member with financial need
  • Lack of access to sufficient institutional or external funding

Grants will not be given to the same individuals who have been awarded travel grants in the past three years.

Applicants cannot be awarded more than one travel grant in a particular year.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an application form and the required materials through the AAR Grant Application Submission System.

Late, emailed, or incomplete applications and/or materials cannot be accepted.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current CV

Applicants must provide the following information on the application form:

  • History of AAR membership 
  • Expiration date of current AAR membership (click here to log into your member profile and view the expiration date)
  • Description of current employment status
  • Statement of financial need that includes the following: 
    • Current income for your household (or anticipated household income at the time of the November Annual Meeting)
    • Estimated costs for November Annual Meeting attendance (including airfare, ground transportation, parking, housing, meals, and other expenses)
  • Any institutional or external travel support available to the applicant
  • Number of AAR Annual Meetings attended
  • List of scheduled activities at the November Annual Meeting (e.g., presenting a paper, serving on a panel, networking), including the title and abstract of any proposals that have been accepted
  • Description of the applicant’s qualifications for an award, expected contributions to the November Annual Meeting, and the anticipated benefits of attendance for scholarship and vocation

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required materials in PDF format:

  • Curriculum Vitae

In addition to the required information and materials, applicants may choose to provide a letter of support from a current or former colleague, employer, advisor, or AAR Program Unit Chair.

Winner Notification and Expectations

  • The members of the AAR Annual Meeting Travel Grants Jury select the grant winners. 
  • Notification of application status is typically made by late June. 
  • Grant winners will receive complimentary registration to the November Annual Meeting. 
  • Awards of $500 USD each will be distributed via electronic wire transfer to the grantees. Awardees need to have a bank account that accepts wire transfers in order to receive the grant.


Contact us at [email protected] if you have additional questions.




To Be Announced

Award Amount

$500 + complimentary registration to the AAR November Annual Meeting