Membership Dues, Benefits, & FAQs

Dues Structure

The AAS has a graduated dues structure. As a non-profit association, we rely on the graduated dues system to help partially subsidize dues for junior scholars and those on limited incomes.  

Membership dues (except for Associate, Low/Lower Middle Income Country, Student, Patron, and Lifetime members) are based on gross income from all sources, not limited to one’s individual salary.

AAS MEMBERSHIP DUES

Membership CategoryGross Annual IncomeOne YearTwo YearsThree Years
Low/Lower Mid. Income Country*Not Applicable$30$57$85
Student*Not Applicable$40$76$114
RegularUnder $15,999$40$76$114
Regular$16,000-30,999$55$105$157
Regular$31,000-45,999$75$143$214
Regular$46,000-60,999$85$162$242
Regular$61,000-75,999$115$219$328
Regular$76,000-99,999$140$266$399
Regular$100,000-109,999$170$323$485
Regular$110,000-119,999$190$361$542
Regular$120,000+$210$399$599
PatronNot Applicable$300$600$900
LifetimeNot Applicable$2,500
RetiredUnder $100,000$55$105$157
RetiredOver $100,000$125$238$356
Associate*Not Applicable$40$76$114
*Requires proof of status, submitted online at time of membership creation.
Low/Lower Middle Income Country Member – $30

The Low/Lower Middle Income Country membership rate is available to scholars residing in countries designated as Low Income or Lower Income by the World Bank. This membership rate will require administrative approval. Individuals interested in this rate must submit documentation during the online enrollment process that attests to their employment with, enrollment at, or affiliation with an organization in a Low or Lower Middle Income country (see list below).

1 Year
Low/Lower
Middle Income
$
30
  • Same benefits as Regular membership
2 Years
Low/Lower
Middle Income
$
57
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
Low/Lower
Middle Income
$
85
  • (Discounted 5%)

The following countries are designated as Low or Lower Middle Income:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran, Islamic Rep
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem. People’s Rep  
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands  
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Student Member – $40
1 Year
Student
$
40
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Eligible for student travel stipend
  • Eligible for other AAS student grants
2 Years
Student
$
76
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Eligible for student travel stipend
  • Eligible for other AAS student grants
3 Years
Student
$
114
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Eligible for student travel stipend
  • Eligible for other AAS student grants

A student membership (and proof of current student status) is required in order to receive student member benefits. Students who purchase a regular membership are not eligible for the above benefits. Students who join as a regular member cannot change to the student membership category until the duration of the regular membership has expired.

  • Students are to be engaged in studies that will result in a university degree. Individuals who already have earned a doctorate degree may not join at the student category. The student category is designated for full-time students with genuinely low incomes.
  • Two forms of student status verification are required before membership can be activated. Please submit two of the following:
    1. Enrollment Verification Letter from the official registrar with current date
    2. Copy of Transcript – must include current semester
    3. Copy of Current Course Schedule – must include date of current semester courses and your name
    4. Copy of student ID – must include the current school year
  • Please scan and send images of both forms of verification via the online membership form.
  • A student card that is valid for several years does not indicate current student status – additional proof of current enrollment is required.

AAS significantly subsidizes this level of membership and allows members to remain at this level for a maximum of seven (7) years.

Retired Member (Income under $100,000/year)
One Year
Retired Membership, Under $100,000
$
55
  • Same benefits as Regular membership
Two Years
Retired Membership, Under $100,000
$
105
  • (Discounted 5%)
Three Years
Retired Membership, Under $100,000
$
157
  • (Discounted 5%)
Retired Member (Income above $100,000/year)
One Year
Retired Membership, Above $100,000
$
125
  • Same benefits as Regular membership
Two Years
Retired Membership, Above $100,000
$
238
  • (Discounted 5%)
Three Years
Retired Membership, Above $100,000
$
356
  • (Discounted 5%)
Regular Member – Starting at $40
Under $15,999
1 Year
Under $15,999
$
40
2 Years
Under $15,999
$
76
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
Under $15,999
$
106
  • (Discounted 5%)
$16,000-$30,999
1 Year
$16,000-$30,999
$
55
2 Years
$16,000-$30,999
$
105
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$16,000-$30,999
$
157
  • (Discounted 5%)
$31,000-$45,999
1 Year
$31,000-$45,999
$
75
  • ted 10%) 10%)
2 Years
$31,000-$45,999
$
143
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$31,000-$45,999
$
214
  • (Discounted 5%)
$46,000-$60,999
1 Year
$46,000-$60,999
$
85
2 Years
$46,000-$60,999
$
162
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$46,000-$60,999
$
242
  • (Discounted 5%)
$61,000-$75,999
1 Year
$61,000-$75,999
$
115
2 Years
$61,000-$75,999
$
219
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$61,000-$75,999
$
328
  • (Discounted 5%)
$76,000-$99,999
1 Year
$76,000-$99,999
$
140
2 Years
$76,000-$99,999
$
266
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$76,000-$99,999
$
399
  • (Discounted 5%)
$100,00-109,999
1 Year
$100,000-$109,999
$
170
2 Years
$100,000-$109,999
$
323
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$100,000-$109,999
$
485
  • (Discounted 5%)
$110,000-$119,999
1 Year
$110,000-$119,999
$
190
2 Years
$110,000-$119,999
$
361
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$110,000-$119,999
$
542
  • (Discounted 5%)
$120,000+
1 Year
$120,000+
$
210
2 Years
$120,000+
$
399
  • (Discounted 5%)
3 Years
$120,000+
$
599
  • (Discounted 5%)
Patron Member

The AAS Patron Membership is for those individuals who have the financial flexibility to pay a little bit more to support the future of the field of Asian Studies and the AAS. The Patron Membership allows us to offer discounted rates to students, teachers, scholars, and practitioners on low incomes in the United States and abroad. Patron members will be featured on the AAS website and will receive an invitation to the President’s Reception at the AAS Annual Conference.

Pay it forward and become a Patron member today!

Patron Membership
$
300
Associate Member – $40

Associate membership is available to a spouse of a regular AAS member whose membership is current during the same time frame. The fee paid by the regular member is to be based on the higher income of the two. Associate members have the same benefits as regular members but are not mailed the printed Journal of Asian Studies. 

1 Year
Associate
$
40
  • Same benefits as Regular member with 1 exception*
  • *No Print JAS
2 Years
Associate
$
76
  • Same benefits as Regular member with 1 exception*
  • *No Print JAS
3 Years
Associate
$
114
  • Same benefits as Regular member with 1 exception*
  • *No Print JAS

Benefits

Education and information delivery are important aspects of an AAS membership. The AAS publishes multiple scholarly works, which are offered at a discounted rate to AAS members.

Membership has its privileges! Join the AAS and receive discounts on the following items:

AAS offers employers and job seekers a place to connect:


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an individual membership cost?

The AAS has a graduated membership scale. As a non-profit association, we rely on the graduated dues system to help partially subsidize dues for younger or more impoverished members, who are not yet established in their careers or unable to afford normal dues levels.

How long does an AAS membership last?

All AAS membership types last a minimum of one yea, and all may be purchased for a two- or three-year term. All memberships expire on the anniversary date. To ensure no disruption of benefits, members are encouraged to renew membership before the membership expires.
Members who join for two or three years enjoy a 10% discount.

May I make my membership retroactive?

No. An AAS membership is made active when your payment is processed, and we are unable to backdate memberships or send back issues of the print Journal of Asian Studies.

Who can apply for a Student Membership?

The Student category is designated for full-time students with genuinely low incomes. In order for processing to occur, please attach to the online membership form two forms of proof of current student status, such as:

  • Enrollment Verification Letter from the official registrar with current date
  • Copy of Transcript – must include current semester
  • Copy of Current Course Schedule – must include date of current semester courses and your name
  • Copy of student ID – must include the current school year

NOTE:

  • A personal statement of student status or quoting a student number does not suffice.
  • AAS significantly subsidizes this level of membership and allows members to remain at this level for a maximum of seven (7) years.
  • Students are to be engaged in studies that will result in a university degree.
  • Individuals who already have earned a doctoral degree may not join at the Student category.
  • Only Student members will be able to register for the AAS Annual Conference at the discounted Student rate.
Does the AAS offer refunds for membership?

An AAS membership is non-refundable and not transferable. Membership may be canceled by contacting the AAS via info@asianstudies.org. The AAS does not offer refunds for canceled memberships.

Is there a Member Directory?

Yes. The AAS Member Directory is only available online. The online Member Directory is available to AAS members via their member portal account and includes Individual Members only.

When will I receive the Journal of Asian Studies?

You will begin to receive your print version of the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) after your membership has been activated. The JAS is published in February, May, August, and November of each year. Back issues cannot be mailed as part of your membership; however, they may be ordered directly from Cambridge University Press. All articles from the JAS are available for free to all current AAS members via the membership portal.

How do I access the Journal of Asian Studies?

Online access to the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) is available to all current AAS members. Once you log into your account at the member portal, select “Members-Only Benefits” page under the “Membership” menu tab. Scroll down and click “Read the Journal of Asian Studies Now.” This will open the Cambridge University Press website. There is no need to register or log into Cambridge’s site once you reach this page. Simply scroll down the page, and select the article(s) from the latest JAS. Older issues are available via the “All Issues” link. All issues of JAS published since 1941 (Volume 1) are available online to current members.

How can I obtain a copy of the Journal of Asian Studies?

Anyone wishing to purchase single copy back issues of the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) from 2000 to present (from volume 59 and on) should contact:

  • For customers in the U.S., Canada or Mexico: Cambridge University Press, Customer Services Department (Journals), 100 Brook Hill Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994-2133; Phone: 1-800-872-7423 or (845) 353-7500; Fax: (845) 353-4141; E-Mail: journals_subscriptions@cambridge.org.
  • Elsewhere: Cambridge University Press, Customer Services Department (Journals), The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 2RU, England; Tel +44 (0) 1223 326070; Fax: +44 (0) 1223 235150; E-Mail: journals@cambridge.org.

Back issue prices are $55 for North American customers (US/Canada/Mexico) and £32 + VAT for customers elsewhere.

AAS members may access the online Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) via the member portal.

What is an Associate Membership?

Associate memberships are available to a spouse of a regular AAS member whose membership is current during the same time frame, and the fee paid by the regular member is based on the higher income of the two. At this discounted rate, Associate members will be able to register for the AAS Annual Conference at the member rate. Associate members will have access to the member portal.

Do you publish news about AAS member achievements or awards?

Yes! The AAS encourages its members to inform us of achievements or awards for inclusion in monthly “Member News & Notes” email newsletters. Items for these posts should be sent to info@asianstudies.org.

Why can I not have my family name listed first on my member account or mailing label?

The AAS database has one field for a member’s first name, and one field for family name. For consistency, all members are listed “First Name,” then “Family Name.” The AAS apologizes for any inconvenience; however, we cannot change the order of names on member accounts or mailing labels.

Do other presses offer discounts to AAS Members?

Yes. AAS Members receive the following publication discounts:

To obtain discount codes and access the press websites, please log in to your AAS member account and select “Members-Only Benefits” under the “Membership” menu.

Where can I get a copy of my receipt?

Receipts are available online as soon as membership is paid. Copies of previous payments are available to view after logging in, and are located under “Recent Orders” of your User Account.

More Questions?

If you have a question not addressed in the FAQ above, please contact our Membership Manager by writing to wwarner@asianstudies.org.