2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Undergraduate Deadline: December 15, 2019

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 3, 2020

Deadline: January 10, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Open Registration:




AAR Grant Programs

2018 Grant Programs Calendar             

The grant opportunities available through the AAR are a benefit of membership, and we encourage member participation in these programs. To be considered, members must meet the specified qualifications and requirements included in each program description.


Annual Meeting Travel Grants

To broaden participation in the Annual Meeting, AAR has developed generous grant programs to defray costs and make participating in the Annual Meeting a reality for members who would otherwise struggle to attend.

The AAR awards twenty-five travel grants worth $500 each, plus complimentary Annual Meeting registration, on a competitive basis to members who demonstrate both financial need and a desire to participate in the Annual Meeting. Special consideration is given to applicants from underrepresented minorities.

The AAR Religion and the Arts Travel Grant is awarded to a graduate student studying religion and the arts who is without institutional support to attend the AAR Annual Meeting. The travel grant offsets the travel costs associated with attending the Annual Meeting up to $1,500, such as registration fees (including tours and workshops), hotel room, transportation, and meals.

Program Cycle: Both programs open and close in April of the same year.

Recipients of these travel grants are selected by the Annual Meeting Travel Grants Jury.


Graduate Student Grants

This grant program supports AAR student members whose dissertation research requires them to travel outside the country in which their school or university is located. Grants are intended to help candidates complete their doctoral degrees by offsetting costs of travel, lodging, and other expenses related to dissertation research.

This competitive program consists of two grants, each providing $5,000: the International Dissertation Research Grant and the Selva J. Raj Endowed Fellowship. Grant recipients are selected by the Graduate Student Awards Jury.

Program Cycle: August 15 to December 1


Regional Development Grants

These grants provide funds for special projects within the regions that promise to benefit the scholarly and professional life of AAR members and advance the AAR’s mission. Workshops, special programs, training events, and other innovative regional projects may be funded through this source. Regional development grants generally fall into two categories: seed funding to begin ongoing regional initiatives and one-time funds for special projects.

Recipients of the Regional Development Grants are selected by a jury of several members of the AAR’s Regions Committee.

Program Cycle: January 1 to June 1


Research Grants

Collaborative International Research Grants

This initiative supports generative research collaborations between and among scholars located in different geographical regions who wish to pursue focused, joint projects in any area of the study of religion. Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Winners  of  the  Collaborative  International  Research  Grants  are  selected  by  the  AAR’s  International  Connections Committee(ICC).

Program Cycle: May 1 to October 1


Research Grants - Individual and Collaborative

To fulfill its commitment to advance research in religion, the AAR annually awards grants from $500 to $5,000 to support projects proposed by AAR members. These research projects can be either  individual or  collaborative.

Recipients of grants in both categories are selected by the Research Grants Jury.

Program Cycle: May 1 to August 1



External Grant Sources

American Council of Learned Societies

Wabash Center Grants

Other Grant Opportunities