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Individual Research Grants

Successful Grants from Prior Years

Application Deadline: August 1

To fulfill its commitment to advance research in religion, the AAR each year grants awards ranging from $500 to $5000 to support projects proposed by AAR members and selected by the AAR Research Grants Jury. These projects can be either collaborative or individual.

These grants provide support for important aspects of research such as travel to archives and libraries and field work. Grant awards range from $500 to $5000. Funds are not provided for dissertation research, research assistance, released time, publication expenses, or travel to attend the AAR Annual Meeting.

Please view the Frequently Asked Questions.

Grant Cycle

2016–2017 Research Grant Application Cycle: May 1 to August 1, 2016

  • Proposals must be uploaded to the AAR website by August 1.
  • Project award funds are disbursed January 1 through June 30 of the award year.
  • The research project expenses can be undertaken anytime within the calendar year of the award year.
  • Awardees must submit an expense report as well as a brief report on the research supported by the AAR grant by January 31 of the following calendar year.


  • Grant applicants must be current members of AAR. Grant recipients must maintain their AAR membership throughout the grant period.
  • Applicants must be current AAR members who have been in good standing for at least the previous three (3) years.
  • Applicants will not be considered who have received an AAR Research Award in the previous five (5) years.
  • Applicants must have completed the doctorate.

Application Process

Applicants must submit their materials through the online research grants proposal submission form.

Applications must be uploaded by August 1.

Hard copies or e-mailed copies of application materials will not be accepted.  

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required materials:

  • Cover page that includes the following:

    • Your name
    • Your institutional affiliation (if applicable)
    • Title of the project
    • The grant type—Individual or Collaborative
  • Abstract of 50 words or fewer describing the project
  • Project Budget

    • List budget items with amounts. Explanation of these expense items can be included in the two-page description of the project.
    • List other sources of support—e.g., funds granted by your institution, funds requested from outside agencies—and indicate the total award amount sought from the AAR.
  • Two-page focused description of the research project that details its aims and significance and explains how the award would be used.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.

Additional material will not be considered. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Criteria for Evaluation

All grant proposals (collaborative and individual) will be assessed by the AAR Research Grants Jury using the following criteria:

  • Clarity and focus of the research to be pursued
  • Contribution to scholarship in a field or subfield of religion and significance of the contribution for advancing the understanding of religion or for advancing interdisciplinary discussions between religion and other humanistic and social science disciplines
  • Adequacy of the overall work plan, including goals, objectives, and time frame for the completion of the project.

Notification of application status will be sent by December 31, 2016.

Contact Information

Send direct inquiries to Elizabeth Hardcastle at or call 404-712-6654.