Institutional Memberships

Being a member of AAS is more than attending a conference.

It is a diverse network of academics, researchers, and students.

It is being on the cutting edge of topics and current issues that affect everyone engaged with Asian Studies research.

It is a community dedicated to fostering excellence in the field.

An AAS Institutional Membership allows organizations to improve access to the leading professional association in the global field of Asian Studies. Through a tiered membership dues structure, organizations can directly support students, independent and contingent scholars, and affiliated community members. In addition, the membership dues from well-funded organizations indirectly support the discounted memberships available to research centers and organizations situated in non-OECD countries. We also encourage current institutional members to support affiliated or unaffiliated organizations in non-OECD countries by purchasing institutional memberships as a gift.

The AAS Institutional Membership provides benefits to both the organization and its affiliated individuals. The member organization can reserve space at the AAS Annual Conference, receive discounts on exhibit booths and advertising, and purchase job postings in the AAS Career Center at discounted rates.         

Individuals joining AAS through the Institutional Membership will be considered as individual memberships and will, therefore, get the same benefits as other regular or student members, including access to the Journal of Asian Studies, discounts on AAS and other publications, and access to our directory and communication platforms.

  • Research centers and institutes focused on Asian Studies in higher education
  • Departments and disciplinary agglomerations within a single institution
  • Institutions of higher education with limited budgets (such as HBCUs, community colleges, or tribal colleges)
  • Independent foundations, libraries, museums, and think tanks
  • Professional organizations
  • Fill out our Membership Enrollment Form
    • On this form, designate an Institutional Administrator who will oversee the Membership and be the primary contact with AAS staff
  • Look for a follow up email from AAS Membership Manager William Warner about setting up your account and organization in our member system
  • Once your administrative account has been set up, you can then purchase an AAS Institutional Membership on behalf of your organization, selecting the appropriate dues level commensurate with your annual budget.
  • After payment, you will receive discount codes for the individual regular and student memberships. The institutional membership administrator will be responsible for distributing these discount codes to prospective regular and student members.
    • The individual regular and student members will create an account with the AAS and purchase the membership using the discount code. The student discount code will cover 100% of the student membership fee. The discount code for regular memberships will cover $50.00 USD.

All memberships are valid for twelve months, beginning on the date of activation.

  • One (1) Regular Member Complimentary Registration to the AAS Annual Conference
  • One (1) Student Member Complimentary Registration to the AAS Annual Conference
  • One (1) invitation to the President’s Reception, held Saturday evening at the AAS Annual Conference
  • 5 Regular Memberships for contingent scholars or up to $250 off regular membership dues (*see note below)
  • 5 Student Memberships
  • Priority-level status for meeting space assignment at the Annual Conference
  • 10% discount off exhibit booth rates at the AAS Annual Conference 1
  • 10% discount off selected advertising opportunities 1, 2
  • Priority early access to exhibit hall reservations and advertising/sponsorship opportunities
  • Member discount pricing of 20-35% off job postings on the AAS Career Center
  • Full access to the AAS Career Center for institutional membership administrator
  • Member discount pricing of 10-30% off all AAS book series, including Key Issues in Asian Studies and award-winning Asia Shorts titles
  • Eligibility to purchase additional bulk memberships for graduate students in affiliated departments. Instead of $40/student, Institutional Members will pay $35/student. (Please note, a minimum of five (5) student memberships must be purchased to receive discount.)
  • Listing of Institutional Members in the Annual Conference program, in Education About Asia (EAA) Journal, and on the AAS website.

1 Institutional Membership must be active during the dates of the annual conference to qualify for discount on conference offerings.

2 Excludes AAS-in-Asia conference advertising and exhibiting opportunities.

* Note: Institutional memberships include 5 discount codes ($50 each) that can be used to purchase regular membership for individuals with minimal incomes (our lowest membership tier). The discount codes may also be used to offset the full cost of a regular membership. To improve access, AAS encourages institutional members to distribute discount codes to:

  • Emerging scholars
  • K-12 teachers
  • Postdoctoral scholars
  • Contingent faculty
  • Organization staff interested in Asian Studies

All new Institutional Member organizations must complete the form linked below for approval by the AAS Membership Manager.

Questions? Contact AAS Membership Manager William Warner,

AAS Institutional Membership Dues Structure

Annual BudgetMembership TierDues
> $200,0001$1,000
< $50,0003$500

Different departments and centers within one institution must apply for separate memberships. One institutional membership benefits does not apply to all departments within one academic institution. For example: The Asian Studies Department at ABC College has an institutional membership. If the History Department at ABC college would like to take advantage of AAS Institutional Member benefits, the History Department must submit a separate application for institutional membership, with a different Institutional Administrator.