2020 Regional Meetings

Open Registration:

All remaining regional meetings for 2020 have been canceled

Congratulations to the 2019 IDRG Winners!


The AAR is pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the International Dissertation Research Grants (IDRG) program:

Jue Liang—winner of the 2019 Selva J. Raj Endowed International Dissertation Research Fellowship—is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She is currently completing her dissertation, "Conceiving the Mother of Tibet: The Life, Lives, and Afterlife of the Buddhist Saint Yeshe Tsogyel." In her research, she reflects on continuities as well as innovations in the gender discourses of Tibetan Buddhist communities past and present. She will be traveling to the Tibetan cultural regions of Kham and Golok in Sichuan and Qinghai, China, for her dissertation research.

Eva Rogaar—winner of the 2019 International Dissertation Research Grant—is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation, "Belief and Belonging in Late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia: Russian Converts to Islam," investigates conversion to Islam among ethnic Russians in a period of great upheaval when many Russians searched for spirituality, morality, and community. Through oral histories, (personal) archives and published sources, and a focus on conversion in the—predominantly Christian—Russian capital, the project seeks to decenter the study of Islam, Moscow, and "Russianness," and shed new light on what it means to believe and belong in contemporary Russia. 



The IDRG program is designed to support AAR student members whose dissertation research requires them to travel outside of 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 dissertation research-related expenses.