To make Annual Meeting attendance a reality for members who would otherwise struggle to participate, the AAR has developed generous grant programs to help defray travel costs associated with attending. The AAR currently maintains a general travel grant program and one specific to graduate students working in religion and the arts, which is funded by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona.
Since 2018, the AAR has been a nominating partner in the Whiting Foundation's Public Engagement Programs, which annually award $50,000 fellowships and $10,000 seed grants to humanities scholars involved in public-facing work. New guidelines and eligibility requirements are released each year.
Regional Development Grants provide funds for special projects within the regions that promise to benefit the scholarly and professional life of AAR members and do the work of the AAR in the regions. Workshops, special programs, training events, and other innovative regional projects may be funded through this source.
Individual research grants support important aspects of scholarly projects, such as field work and travel to archives and libraries. Collaborative research grants stimulate cooperative research among scholars with a clearly identified research project or support interdisciplinary work with scholars outside the field of religion.
Creative projects grounded in international research relationships receive funding through collaborative international research grants. Graduate students needing to conduct international dissertation research can apply for grants and fellowships as well.