Collaborative Research Grants
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 Review Committee. These projects can be either collaborative or individual.
Collaborative grants are intended to stimulate cooperative research among scholars who have a focus on a clearly identified research project. They may also be used for interdisciplinary work with scholars outside the field of religion, especially when such work shows promise of continuing beyond the year funded. Collaborative project proposals are expected to describe plans for having the results of the research published.
Grants can provide funds for networking and communication. Funds may also be used to support small research conferences. Conference proposals will be considered only if they are designed primarily to advance research. Conferences presenting papers that report on previous research will not be considered. Funds are not provided for publication costs, research assistance, or released time.
Examples of recently funded projects include:
A group must apply through an AAR member designated as the project director. Not all participants need to hold AAR membership.
Grant awards will range from $500 to $5000.
Please view the Frequently Asked Questions.
Proposals must be uploaded to the AAR website by August 1. Award notification letters will be sent by the end of December. Project award funds are disbursed January 1 through June 31 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.
A group must apply through an AAR member designated as the Project Director. Not all participants need to hold AAR membership.
All Project Directors must be current members of the AAR and must maintain their membership throughout the grant period.
Applicants should submit their materials through the online research grants proposal submission form. The research grants online submission system is open between May 1 and August 1.
Applicants should be prepared to upload the following materials:
Additional material will not be considered, nor will incomplete proposals be considered.
Application materials must uploaded by August 1. We do not accept hardcopies of proposals.
Criteria for Evaluation
All grant proposals (collaborative and individual) will be assessed by the AAR Research Grants Review Committee using the following criteria:
Send direct inquiries to Elizabeth Hardcastle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-712-6654.