AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund Grants

Second Round, Fall 2020

The AAR has opened another round of COVID-19 Crisis Funding to help members adversely impacted by the pandemic. Through the generous contributions of current and former members of the AAR Board of Directors, AAR members, and many other kind donors including the Henry Luce Foundation, the AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund was established to provide support to AAR members who have incurred loss of a significant portion of their income due to the pandemic. The AAR awarded grants to 35 people in its first round of assistance in early summer. While this fund cannot provide continuing financial support during the crisis, it offers $500 per grantee as a small bridge during a difficult situation. With this second round of grants, we hope to provide a bit of relief for AAR members who are facing financial difficulties now, as the fall semester begins. 

Grant Details

Application Period

25 August – 11 September 2020.  Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT. 

Grant Amount

$500 (USD) per grantee 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund Grants (second round, fall 2020), applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Current AAR membership 
  • Earn a majority of income from working part-time for a higher education institution and have incurred loss of a significant portion of income due to the pandemic
  • Not eligible for full-time benefits from any employer
  • Not be receiving financial assistance from an institution of higher education if enrolled as a graduate student
  • Have not already received an AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund grant

Please note: Eligible members who applied to the first round in the spring but did not receive a grant must apply to the second round in order to be considered.

Selection Process

Grants will be awarded by lottery for as long as funds are available.

Apply for a Grant

Eligible members may submit only one grant application during this grant period. Duplicate applications will not be accepted.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline via the online submission form. Emailed or hard copies will not be accepted.


Applicants will be notified of the grant application status by October 15, 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact us at comments@aarweb.org.

Donate to the AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund.


11:59 PM EDT on September 11, 2020 

Grant Amount

$500 (USD) per grantee 

Application Form

The application period is now closed.