Thank you for supporting the future of Asian Studies!

For more than 80 years, the Association for Asian Studies has promoted the study of Asia through conferences and workshops, publications, grants and awards, and many other initiatives. Your support—through membership, participation in AAS events, and engagement in the Association—is key to the ongoing vitality of our organization.

Your donations play an important role in enabling us to continue this legacy. The AAS relies on contributions from its members to offer programs and opportunities to scholars around the world. Donations may be directed to the fund of your choice; please see below for complete descriptions of each.

To direct your donation toward a committee of the AAS, please visit our Committees page.

The Association for Asian Studies is a 501(c)(3) corporation and your contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Since its founding in 1941, the Association for Asian Studies has grown to become the world’s leading organization on Asia, fostering innovative scholarship, teaching, and public engagement on the region. The growth of the organization is due to your participation in and contribution to the diverse range of AAS activities. Over time, the AAS has expanded existing programs and launched a number of new initiatives to meet the demands of the times and proactively prepare for greater development.

Given the increasingly important role of Asia in the global economy, politics and culture, we can expect that the AAS will become even more prominent as a voice on Asia. Individual donations enable us to fulfill our mission and keep pace with changing realities. Each and every contribution, no matter the size of the gift, will help us maintain the strong foundation that empowers us to nurture the next generation of scholars and citizens, to engage more deeply with the people of Asia, and to help shape the future.

I hope you will consider making a gift today to support the advancement of Asian Studies.

Hyaeweol Choi, Ph.D.

President, Association for Asian Studies

The AAS Legacy Society

The AAS Legacy Society, endowed through estate planning, supports our efforts to internationalize our membership, diversify our network, and nurture the future of Asian Studies. Members of the Legacy Society are connected to the AAS through special recognition in our public communication and outreach from AAS leadership. If you are interested in joining the AAS Legacy Society, please initiate the process through our online form below.

If you have questions about bequests or other donations, please contact AAS Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung (

AAS Fund Categories

AAS Development Initiatives

The Wm. Theodore de Bary and Ainslie T. Embree Fund for Education and Outreach supports the AAS in providing affordable teaching resources, as well as disseminating Education About Asia in print and online materials. The fund is named in honor of two past presidents of the AAS who were early champions of the integration of Asian Studies into the core curriculum.

The AAS Fund for International Exchange makes it possible for the Association to provide travel subsidies for active panel participants from non-high-income, non-OECD countries to attend both the AAS annual conference and the AAS-in-Asia conference.

The AAS New Initiatives Fund facilitates the Association’s exploration of new ideas and projects. Beyond its annual and AAS-in-Asia conferences, the AAS advocates for the training of new scholars and teachers, encourages the teaching of Asian languages, and advances information literacy about Asian societies and cultures. The New Initiatives Fund supports endeavors such as the AAS First Book Subvention Program, oral history project, and Global Asias initiative.

The Fund for Young Scholars encourages young scholars to attend and present their research at AAS conferences. The fund also supports the annual AAS Dissertation Workshops.

The Low/Lower Middle Income Membership Fund enables the AAS to provide one-year memberships to scholars living in low or lower middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank).

AAS Book Prizes

East and Inner Asia

  • The Gene E. Smith Book Prize for English-language scholarly books published on Inner Asia
  • The Joseph R. Levenson Book Prize for English-language non-fiction scholarly books on China
  • The Patrick D. Hanan Book Prize for translation from Chinese or Inner Asian languages into English

Northeast Asia

  • The James B. Palais Book Prize for English-language scholarly books published on Korea
  • The John Whitney Hall Book Prize for English-language scholarly books published on Japan

South Asia

  • The A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for translations from South Asian languages into English
  • The Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize for English-language scholarly works on South Asian studies
  • The Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize for a first book on South Asia

Southeast Asia

  • The A.L. Becker Prize for translations from Southeast Asian languages into English
  • The George McT. Kahin Prize for distinguished scholarly works on Southeast Asia
  • The Harry J. Benda Book Prize for English-language scholarly non-fiction works on Southeast Asian studies

For more information about the AAS book prizes, visit this webpage.

AAS Awards for Scholarship

The AAS East and Inner Asia Council’s EIAC Small Grants Program provides awards of $2,000 or less to early-career scholars. The Council encourages applications from dissertation-level graduate students, junior faculty, independent scholars, and adjunct faculty.

The Franklin R. Buchanan Prize, administered by the Committee on Teaching about Asia, is awarded to educators who develop outstanding curriculum materials relevant to the study of Asia.

The F. Hilary Conroy Award honors an outstanding panel focusing on transnational and/or transcultural issues in Asia. The panel must include presenters from diverse locations, and at least one of the presentations should focus on Northeast Asia. One panelist traveling from outside of North America will receive travel support. The conference program listings indicate the award designation.

The Short-Term Research in the History of Japanese Sexualities Grant Fund was established by a bequest from Emeritus Professor Mark McLelland and provides funding for early-career scholars to cover travel expenses on trips to Japan for research projects focused on the history of Japanese sexualities.

**We publicly acknowledge all donors in an annual report. If you would prefer to be listed as “Anonymous” in the report, please check the box for “Donate anonymously” when making your contribution online.