AAR Crisis Fund Grants



Through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the AAR has opened a fourth round of its COVID-19 Crisis Funding. This round will help members that have been unable to maintain their AAR membership due to adverse impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, we provided financial assistance to nearly 200 members through crisis grants. In 2021, 2022, and 2023, we helped lapsed members regain access to benefits such as discounted registration fees for the Annual Meeting, networking opportunities with colleagues around the world, and promotion of their work and achievements. We would like to continue helping lapsed members in this way in 2024. 


To be eligible for the AAR Crisis Fund Grants, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • No current AAR membership. Previous AAR membership in past three years: (2023, 2022, and 2021) or new student in grad school or requesting an exception. 
  • Member category at the end of the most recent active membership period was Contingent, Applied Religious Studies, Independent Scholar or Student and
  • Incurred loss of income or institutional support due to the pandemic or resulting economic hardship

How to Apply

  • Eligible lapsed members may submit only one grant application.
  • Applications must be submitted via the online submission form. Emailed or hard copies will not be accepted.


Please contact us at [email protected].


Open until funding is no longer available

Grant Amount

Cost of one-year membership

Winners Notified

On a rolling basis