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 2022 Annual Conference.


Complimentary Graduate Student Conference Registrations Lottery

UPDATE DEC 1, 2021: Congratulations to the winners of the complimentary conference registration! All winners have been notified via email.

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 2022 Annual Conference.

To enter to win a free registration, complete the submission form.  Winners will be selected by random draw. The deadline to enter is November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. The official drawing will take place on December 1, 2021, and winners will be notified via email.  For contest rules and regulations, click here.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

Selected winners who are currently not active student members will need to submit proof of student status by December 8, 2021.


 Accessibility Grant 

The AAS is pleased to provide a limited number of accessibility grants to attend the AAS 2022 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 deadlines:

November 30, 2021 (For Conference Speakers)
February 15, 202 (For General Attendees)
Grant recipients will be notified via email.


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 2022 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 3, 2022.

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

Deadline: March 3, 2022

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


Luce Honolulu 2022 Travel Grant

The AAS will award 8-10 Luce-funded travel grants between $800 and $1,000 to support expenses for part-time and contingent faculty who attend the annual conference in Honolulu. The awards will be applied to accommodations in Honolulu as well as a per diem for each recipient. 

Deadline: November 30, 2021

Travel Grant recipients will be notified via email.

Geiss Hsu Annual Conference Travel Grant

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation has awarded the Association for Asian Studies $20,000 to fund participant travel to the 2022 Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Geiss Hsu Annual Conference Travel Grant will award up to $2,000 each in travel support to scholars specializing in studies of Ming China, as well as scholars who engage in research related to the Ming. Applicants do not need to be a part of an organized session, nor do they need to be members of the AAS, to receive the grant.

Scholars of diverse rank and affiliation may apply for the travel grant, but preference will be given to contingent or part-time faculty, students, and independent scholars. The grant will cover expenses such as conference registration, airfare, and hotel.

Click the button below for qualifications and for information on how to apply.

Deadline: December 20, 2021

Travel Grant recipients will be notified via email.