2020 Annual Meeting

Your AAR staff continues to work toward holding the Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 21-24, 2020. We are aware of the uncertainty and contradictory projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic and with health and safety as a priority, we will continue monitoring the guidance of governments and health experts as we plan and make decisions. Should any changes need to be made related to the 2020 Annual Meeting, we will promptly notify you.

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Registration:

All remaining regional meetings for 2020 have been canceled

AAR Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Program Unit Annual Meeting Travel Grant

With funding provided by the Khyentse Foundation, the American Academy of Religion will award travel grants to support the participation of native Himalayan or Tibetan scholars at the 2020 and 2021 AAR Annual Meetings. This travel grant program encourages inclusivity for scholars from the religiously and ethnically diverse wider geographic region of Inner Asia, Himalayas, and Tibet. The members of the AAR Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Program Unit will select the grant winners. There will be two grant cycles: one in 2020 (open) and one in 2021 (opening in 2021).

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be accepted to participate on a panel or session at the AAR Annual Meeting. Please note: The deadline to submit proposals for the 2020 AAR Annual Meeting has passed (March 2, 2020). Notification of proposal status has also been completed at this time.

Grant winners within North America will receive $1,500 USD. International grant winners will receive $2,500 USD. The grant funds will be dispersed in US currency only. International grant winners are responsible for converting funds.

Eligible travel expenses include roundtrip standard coach air/train fare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, and Annual Meeting registration. No indirect costs, such as administration fees or conversion costs, are permitted.  

Grant recipients must submit a final report detailing participation in the Annual Meeting and supporting documentation for expenses by December 31 of the award year.


2020 Grant Cycle

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current membership in the AAR
  • Native Himalayan or Tibetan scholar
  • Acceptance to participate on a panel or session at the 2020 AAR Annual Meeting in Boston, MA



  • Scholars at any stage of their career are eligible, with enrollment in a doctoral program as the minimum qualification
  • Special consideration will be given to early career scholars and first time participants at the Annual Meeting
  • Preference will be given to applicants participating in the AAR’s Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Program Unit


Grant Application Process

Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name and email address
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Tibetan or Himalayan region of origin
  • Scheduled participation at the 2020 Annual Meeting (e.g., presenting a paper, serving on a panel), including the title and abstract of the proposals that have been accepted


Applicants must submit their grant application through the online submission form.

The online application submission system opened on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, and will close on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Grant Awards

Recipients may not receive more than one AAR travel grant for the 2020 cycle.

Grant winners must register for the Annual Meeting no later than June 30, 2020.

A final report detailing participation in the Annual Meeting and supporting documentation for expenses must be submitted by December 31, 2020.


Contact Information

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