Travel Assistance

1) Late Developing Countries (LDC) Travel Grant Program

We are pleased to continue the availability of travel grants for scholars who are citizens of and work in the less economically advanced nations of Asia. This support is limited to those scholars who are active participants (discussant, chair or paper presenter) on regular panels, roundtables, or workshops that have been accepted to the formal program.  Individual paper proposal submitters are not eligible for support through this program.

Applications for scholars from the following countries will NOT be accepted: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of China (Taiwan), Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Singapore. Scholars who normally work in an eligible country but will be residing in an ineligible country at the time of the conference may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but requests from scholars traveling from LDC countries in Asia will be given priority. All applicants must indicate the city/country they will be traveling FROM to attend the conference.

Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient funds to cover all the related costs of attending the conference. Individuals awarded the LDC Travel Grant will be limited to applying the grant to international round-trip discounted airfare, up to three night's hotel accommodations at the conference rate, and/or conference registration.   The LDC Travel Grant may not be applied to AAS membership fees.  The maximum amount available is $2,000 but due to the anticipated large number of applications, individual grants will likely be lower. Therefore panel organizers or applicants should seek outside funding to supplement LDC grants. Grant funds may be wired in advance either directly to the scholar or to his/her travel agency, but proof of actual airline ticket purchase price will be required. Otherwise, awarded grants should be picked up on-site at the AAS Conference registration area once original travel receipts are provided.  Individual scholars or their respective panel organizers are responsible for arranging purchase of tickets, hotel accommodations, registration, etc.

Sessions organizers should submit their request as part of the online panel proposal by the August 1 deadline.  Only one (1) participant per panel will be considered for funding. Awards will be made by a special selection committee after the formal program has been decided by the Program Committee. Attempts will be made to maintain fairness across countries, specializations, disciplines, etc.

(2) Graduate Student Travel Stipends

The AAS routinely provides partial travel stipends to all graduate student members participating on the formal program, and this will continue for the 2019 conference.  There are no separate application procedures; graduate student travel stipends will be distributed to graduate student members on the formal program if the student meets the criteria as noted below.   Grant amounts vary each year and are dependent on the number of eligible students, but in recent years have averaged around $200.

Although no formal stipend request application is required, all graduate students must still meet the criteria as listed below in order to receive the travel stipend.  To be eligible to receive a graduate student stipends, students must:

1. Be accepted to present on a formal panel session;

2. Register in the student member category by the participant conference pre-registration deadline (November 8, 2018)*

3. Not live within 100 miles of the conference site.** 

4. Not have received funding from other AAS sources.

Individual award checks are prepared in advance and will be available for pick-up at the conference registration desk on-site in Denver.  

* The AAS does not offer non-member student conference registration rates.  Individuals with student status must have already joined the AAS in the student member category prior to November 8, 2018, in order to meet the participant conference pre-registration deadline and qualify for the student member conference registration rate.  Valid student ID, an enrollment form or other proof of current student status is required with student membership application.

** Students living within a 100 mile radius of the conference site are considered "local" and are NOT eligible for the stipend.