Assist-A-Scholar Campaign

The Assist-A-Scholar Campaign is an Association for Asian Studies initiative to ensure that all Asianists, regardless of socioeconomic or employment status, can be members of the AAS and enjoy equitable access to the benefits of membership.

Apply Now for an Assist-A-Scholar Sponsored Membership

Thanks to the generosity of the Association for Asian Studies community and the Henry Luce Foundation, our Assist-A-Scholar membership campaign raised a total of $20,810 between May 17 and August 20, 2021. The AAS thanks all who supported this campaign. Your donations will enable us to provide over 400 AAS memberships to Asian Studies scholars who could otherwise not afford to join the Association.

If you are a scholar in need and would like to submit your name to receive a one-year AAS membership supported by Assist-A-Scholar funds, please complete this form by October 25, 2021. During the week of October 25, AAS staff will conduct a random drawing of names and award memberships until funding is exhausted. We will then contact recipients with instructions for how to redeem their membership.

This drawing is open to all Asian Studies scholars at all career stages (students will be required to submit proof of enrollment if membership is awarded), regardless of citizenship or country of residence. If you are currently an AAS member but would be unable to renew your membership without assistance, please apply—we can extend your membership if your name is selected in the drawing.

We are very thankful to everyone in the AAS community who has made this campaign a success and helped us provide equitable access to membership for all. 


I donated because…

Having myself benefitted from AAS membership throughout the years, I would like to help in some small way to make this opportunity available to others, especially at a time when it’s more critical than ever before to feel connected to others in the field.

Michelle C.Wang

Georgetown University

I donated because…

I can. It was hard to maintain membership when I was a graduate student and just out of college. I want to make it easier for others, now that I can.

Anonymous




Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Assist-A-Scholar Campaign?

Assist-A-Scholar is a member sponsorship campaign aimed at ensuring that everyone in the Asian Studies community can access the benefits of AAS membership. This initiative is composed of two stages:

Stage 1: Between May 17 and August 20, 2021, we solicited donations to this campaign from anyone in the AAS community with the means to contribute. All donations have been matched 100% by funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Stage 1 of the Assist-A-Scholar Campaign is now complete! The Association for Asian Studies thanks everyone who contributed to this campaign—your generosity, matched by funds from the Henry Luce Foundation, has raised $20,810 to provide AAS memberships to Asianists in need.

Stage 2, launched September 22, 2021: We are now using the amount raised during the first stage to fund AAS memberships for Asianists who could not otherwise afford membership in the association.

How do I apply for a sponsored membership?

If you are a scholar in need and would like to submit your name to receive a one-year AAS membership supported by Assist-A-Scholar funds, please complete this form by October 25, 2021. During the week of October 25, AAS staff will conduct a random drawing of names and award memberships until funding is exhausted. We will then contact recipients with instructions for how to redeem their membership.

Why is it important to Assist-A-Scholar?

Many members of the Asian Studies community face a range of institutional and socio-economic obstacles: among them are the disappearance of tenure-track positions and rise of contingent labor; the weakening of protections for those who do have tenure; and increasingly limited funding for research and professional development. While all these issues previously existed, the COVID-19 pandemic has served to accelerate and intensify them. The AAS seeks to ensure that Asianists who have encountered such challenges can still access the benefits of AAS membership and participate in our community of Asian Studies scholars and professionals.

Other questions? Contact us at info@asianstudies.org