Annual Meeting Travel Grants


Every spring, the AAR awards 25 travel grants of $500 each and complimentary registration to that year's Annual Meeting to members who demonstrate both financial need and a desire to participate in the Annual Meeting. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Special consideration will be given to applicants from underrepresented minorities. View a list of past winners.


  • Current membership in the AAR. Preference will be given to applicants with consistent membership, a record of attending Annual Meetings, and a history of contributions to the work of the AAR.
  • Financial need:
    • Current status as a contingent, graduate student, un/underemployed, or retired member with financial need
    • Lack of access to sufficient institutional or external funding
    • Grants will not be given to the same individuals who have been awarded grants in the past three years

How to Apply

Applicants should submit all of the following materials through the online submission form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • A history of AAR membership and activity (if any)
  • A description of current employment status
  • A statement of financial need that includes the following:
    • Current income for your household (or anticipated household income at the time of the Annual Meeting)
    • Estimated costs for Annual Meeting attendance (including airfare, ground transportation, parking, housing, meals, and other expenses)
    • Any institutional or external travel support available to the applicant
  • A list of scheduled activities at the Annual Meeting (e.g., presenting a paper, serving on a panel, seeking a position at the Employment Center), including the title and abstract of any proposals that have been accepted
  • Description of the applicant’s qualifications for an award, expected contributions to the Annual Meeting, and the anticipated benefits of attendance for scholarship and vocation
  • Curriculum Vitae

In addition, candidates may choose to supply a letter of support from a current or former colleague, employer, advisor, or AAR Program Unit Chair.

Winner Notification and Expectations

  • The Travel Grants Jury selects the winners by May 20 and notifies them by the Super Saver registration deadline. Grant winners must register for the Annual Meeting no later than August 20.
  • The AAR will grant complimentary Annual Meeting registration and distribute check awards of $500 each in person to the grantees at the Annual Meeting.
  • Grant winners will be asked to fill out a survey about their contributions to the Annual Meeting and the benefits of Annual Meeting attendance for their scholarship and vocation.


Contact us at [email protected] if you have additional questions.


TBA for the 2023 cycle

Award Amount

$500 + complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting


Closed for the 2022 cycle.