Registration Grants & Financial Assistance

The AAS is committed to addressing the concerns of diversity and equity at our annual conference as well recognizing the need for conference registration financial assistance. Below are funding opportunities currently available to assist individuals with attending the AAS 2021 Annual Conference.


Diversity and Inclusion Conference Registration Grant 

The AAS is pleased to announce as a part of our Diversity and Equity Initiative, a conference registration grant in support of students and faculty in the field of Asian Studies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Diversity and Equity Conference Registration Grants cover 100% of the conference registration fees for the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.   

Eligible applicants include undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at an HBCU who are either currently enrolled in Asian Studies related courses and/or minoring or majoring in Asian Studies, and faculty teaching courses in the field of Asian Studies, including languages courses, at HBCU.  

HBCU students and faculty should complete the application posted below.  Diversity and Inclusion Conference registration grant applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2021.

AAS membership is not a requirement to apply or receive complimentary access to the AAS Annual conference.

Deadline extended to March 12, 2021

All applicants will receive a confirmation of Diversity and Inclusion Conference Registration Grants via email followed by conference registration confirmation.


 Accessibility Grant 

The AAS is pleased to provide a limited number of accessibility grants to attend the Virtual AAS 2021 Annual Conference to qualified applicants who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Individuals furloughed from their college/university or who are currently unemployed may apply for the Accessibility Grant.  These grants will cover conference registration fees for the AAS Annual Conference.   AAS membership is not required to apply.  

Application deadline:

January 8, 2021 (For Panel Participants)
February 15, 2021  (For general attendees)
Grant recipients will be notified via email.


Complimentary Graduate Student Conference Registrations Lottery

The AAS is pleased to once again present the complimentary conference registration graduate student lottery. The AAS will select twenty (20) students to receive free conference registration to the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.

To enter to win a free registration, complete the submission form.  Winners will selected by random draw. The deadline to enter is January 7, 2021 at 11:59pm. The official drawing will take place on January 8, 2021, winners will be notified via email.  For contest rules and regulations, click here.

UPDATE: 1/8/2021: All winners have been selected and are in the process of being contacted. Winners will receive an email on 1/8/2021 requesting prize acceptance and/or student verification documentation. The winner list will post her after all confirmations are completed.

Deadline: January 7, 2021

Selected winners who are currently not active student members will need to submit proof of student status by January 13, 2021.


 International Exchange Discounted Registration Discounts 

Due to the AAS 2021 Annual Conference change in format from in-person meeting to a virtual conference, the AAS will not be offering the traditional International Exchange Travel Grants.   

However, we still recognize the need for funding assistance as it relates to conference registration fees.  As such, we are pleased to provide a limited number of conference registrations at a discounted rate for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference to individuals residing in non-OECD nations.  The AAS 2021 Virtual Conference rates have been reduced by 25-40%.  Selected applicants will receive an additional 30% discount off the virtual conference rates.

This discounted rate is open to participants accepted and scheduled to present on the formal conference program who are citizens of and work in non-high-income, non-OECD nations* of Asia. *Click here to view the list of OECD nations. In accordance with this list, applications from these OECD countries will NOT be accepted, in addition to the following places: Hong Kong, Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore.

Application deadline: January 8, 2021

Applicants must be current members of the AAS at the time of the application.