Regional Development Grants


Regional Development Grants provide funds for special projects within the regions that aim to benefit the scholarly and professional life of AAR members and do the work of the AAR in the regions. 

Grants funded typically fall into two categories: 

  • Seed funding to begin ongoing regional initiatives
  • One-time funds for special projects

Workshops, special programs, training events, and other innovative regional projects may be funded through this source. Where possible, projects should be designed so that they may be duplicated or transported to other regions. Please note that indirect or overhead costs, donations, supplementary salary, research assistance, release time, or travel to the AAR Annual Meeting are ineligible expenses and cannot be funded by the grant. View a list of past winners


  • Projects may be individual or collaborative. Collaborative projects must have a designated Project Director.
  • Applications for collaborative projects must be submitted by the Project Director.
  • The applicant and/or Project Director must have current AAR membership. If their proposal is selected, the applicant and/or project director must maintain AAR membership throughout the grant period.
  • Grants will not be given to the same grant winners in consecutive years.
  • No grant award will exceed $4,000. 

How to Apply

Applications and the required proposal materials must be submitted through the AAR Grant Application Submission System. 

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required proposal materials, all of which must be compiled into one, single document in either PDF or Word format:

  • Cover Page 
    • AAR Region
    • Project Title
    • Grant Type: Individual or Collaborative
    • Applicant’s Name
    • Applicant’s Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
    • For Collaborative Projects: Collaborator Names and Contact Information 
    • Requested Grant Amount (USD)
  • Project Abstract: 150 word description of the project.
  • Project Proposal: A narrative description (no more than 1000 words) of the project detailing how the project promises to benefit the scholarly and professional life of AAR members and the work of the region.
  • Project Statement: A statement on how the project or activities may be adapted to other regional groups or a brief explanation of why the project is region-specific.
  • Project Timeline: A clear timeline for the completion of the grant project. Please note that projects are to be completed within the award year, unless other arrangements have been made with the AAR Office.
  • Project Budget: A detailed budget, including any office expenses, travel expenses, honoraria, stipend, and other expenses. 

Additional, supplementary materials cannot be accepted.

Late, emailed, or incomplete application and/or required proposal materials cannot be accepted. 

Selection Process

All eligible grant proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a jury comprised of the AAR Regions Director and two Regionally-Elected Coordinators using the following criteria:

  • Benefit to Scholarly and Professional Life
  • Benefit to Region
  • Replicability Across Regions

Winner Notification and Expectations

  • Notification of application status is typically sent to the applicant in January.
  • For awarded collaborative projects, the Project Director will receive all grant correspondence for the group.
  • For awarded projects, expenses can be undertaken anytime within the award year.
  • Grantees must maintain AAR membership throughout the grant period.
  • For awarded projects, checks will be issued to the grantee. For awarded collaborative projects, the grant check will be issued to Project Director.
  • By January 31 of the following calendar year, grant recipients must submit the required grant reports.

Grant Reports

Grant recipients must submit the following reports by January 31 of the following calendar year:

  • A narrative description of the project/research supported by the AAR grant and outcomes
  • A financial report detailing expenses

Submit an Application

To submit an application, click the button below which will take you to our online grant application submission system accessible only to AAR members. 

Submit an Application


For any questions, please contact us at [email protected].




2024 Deadline TBA

Award Amount

Up to $4,000