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Financial Assistance and Support

Last updated: May 10, 2022

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Financial Assistance is Available!

AAA is proud to offer 15 different annual meeting and membership financial assistance and grant opportunities. These programs are in addition to the AAA and Section Awards available. Please review this page to identify which opportunities may be the best fit for your needs to attend the 2022 AAA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, or online. These programs are divided into three categories:

  1. Complimentary Registration Opportunities for the AAA Annual Meeting
  2. Other Financial Assistance for AAA Annual Meeting Registration
  3. AAA Membership Programs & Awards

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Eligibility Considerations

Each financial assistance program provides support for various groups of people. Questions you may want to consider when looking at what programs are available to you include:

  1. Am I a AAA member? Or a non-member?
  2. Am I a student? Or a non-student?
  3. Am I an anthropologist? Or non-anthropologist?
  4. Am I a faculty member or student in a Department Services Program (DSP) Partner?
  5. Am I a non-US/Canadian anthropologist? Or a US/Canadian anthropologist?
  6. Do I plan to present at the Annual Meeting? Or do I plan to attend as a non-presenter?
  7. Am I an individual seeking support with an individual submission? An individual seeking support as part of a group submission? Or an organizer for a group submission?

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Timeline

Please review the timeline including deadlines for the financial assistance opportunities outlined on this page below. No exceptions will be made for late applications or requests.

  • Thursday, March 31, 2022
    • DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program – Spring Application Deadline
  • Monday, April 18, 2022
    • Section Waiver Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    • Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022
    • Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver Notifications Sent
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    • Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate Application Deadline
  • Monday, June 1, 2022
    • Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver Status Notifications Begin
  • Friday, September 2, 2022
    • Anthropologist Support Program Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022
    • Student Volunteer Opportunity Application Deadline
  • Friday, October 7, 2022
    • Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    • Student Volunteer Opportunity Status Notifications Sent
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    • Classroom Bundle Pack Registration Deadline
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
    • DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program – Fall Application Deadline

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there anything I need to do before applying for or requesting financial assistance?

Yes! Please create a AAA profile in its entirety through the Anthro Gateway. In the case of having your application or request accepted, this will help us process your assistance more quickly.

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When can I expect to receive a response regarding my application or request for financial assistance?

It depends on the financial assistance opportunity. Some opportunities are reviewed and responded to on a rolling basis. Others have definitive deadlines with specific dates to expect notifications.

When selecting a financial assistance opportunity, please make note of the deadlines and apply well before the listed deadlines. All requests are processed manually and may take up to two weeks to process. For some programs, responses may be dependent upon fund availability, such as the Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver and the Anthropologist Support Program. If you are denied a financial assistance opportunity, you may apply for another opportunity, so please plan for enough time for us to review your request (up two weeks), send an accept/decline notice, and if denied, apply for another financial assistance opportunity.

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What is the Department Services Program (DSP)?

The Department Services Program (DSP) is a partnership for Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Criminal Justice, Culture, Social Sciences, museums and allied anthropology firms. The DSP provides department partners with exclusive benefits to assist heads of departments with resources to promote their department, recruit and support faculty and students while simultaneously supporting the AAA’s mission of advancing knowledge and solving human problems. Some of the opportunities listed on this page are only available to DSP partners.

Learn more about AAA’s DSP and join today!

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What if I’m a non-member? Are there options available for me?

There are a number of opportunities for you! Eligibility is outlined under each opportunity, so feel welcome to search “non-member” on this page to find the programs that might fit you best.

We also invite you to consider joining AAA to access many more member benefits in addition to joining us at the AAA Annual Meeting at a member rate!

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Review all 2022 AAA Annual Meeting and Membership
financial assistance opportunities in table format (Excel doc)!

Complimentary Registration Opportunities for the AAA Annual Meeting

AAA + AIA Membership & Annual Meeting Registration Waiver

The AAA Executive Board adopted a resolution to provide complimentary access to AAA resources including the AAA annual meeting to enrolled citizens of federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Learn more about AAA + AIA Membership & Annual Meeting Registration Waivers.

Who is eligible?

  1. Be an enrolled citizen of a federally-recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribe

Deadline: Rolling basis

Request your AAA + AIA waiver today!

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Section Waiver

Guest Registrations are for qualified individuals who might otherwise not attend the AAA Annual Meeting to participate in section-sponsored events. AAA waives both registration fees and membership dues for approved participants; sections and guests are responsible for all other meeting-associated costs. A qualified participant is an individual who has been asked to participate in a section-sponsored event, regardless of academic degree or field of expertise.

Who is eligible?

  1. Non-member participants in section-sponsored events who are…
    1. Anthropologists outside of the US/Canada OR
    2. Non-anthropologists
  2. Application must be completed by Section Leadership (i.e. Section President and Section Program Chair)

Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2022

The Section Waiver application form is now closed.

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Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver

** Anthropologists within the U.S. and Canada are ineligible for this option.

The Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver provides assistance with registration fee and nullification of membership requirement.

For Anthropologists outside of the U.S. or Canada, or non-anthropologists, an Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver application may be completed to request a waived Annual Meeting registration. To qualify, the applicant must either be a non-anthropologist who brings a different perspective to the meeting, or an anthropologist who lives outside the U.S. or Canada. Only participants in organized sessions, not individually-volunteered paper presentations, may be eligible for a Program Chair Waiver. The application period will close on Wednesday, April 27.

  • Note: AAA has a limited number of Executive Program Chair Registration Waivers available. Waiver recipients will receive a meeting registration to the 2022 AAA Hybrid Annual Meeting and a membership exemption.
  • Reminder: Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of recipients, and the completion of an application does not guarantee selection as a recipient.
    All applications will be reviewed by the 2022 Executive Program Committee Chair, Courtney Lewis.

Who is eligible?

  1. Presenters in group sessions, not individually submitted sessions who are…
    1. Anthropologists outside of the US/Canada OR
    2. Non-anthropologists

Deadline: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • Waiver accept/decline notifications will be sent during the week of Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

The Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver is now closed.

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Anthropologist Support Program

The “Support an Anthropologist” program provides the opportunity for AAA members to support peer anthropologists by covering both membership and annual meeting registration. AAA non-members or members in need of one-year’s support for membership can apply for the possibility to receive support for membership and annual meeting registration. Applying does not guarantee support through the Anthropologist Support Program.

Are you interested in contributing to the “Support an Anthropologist” program? Do you have the ability and desire to pay for someone you know to attend the meeting? Perhaps you have remaining funds available in a research grant or department budget. Perhaps you would like to pay-it-forward to your community personally. This program offers the opportunity for individuals interested in supporting to pay for AAA membership and Annual Meeting registration for a fellow anthropologist in the community.

As a supporter, you may identify the anthropologist you wish to support – a colleague, a friend when donating. Or you may leave your donation unnamed to be applied to someone in need, and individuals who apply for the Anthropologist Support Program will receive your support anonymously.

Who is eligible?

  1. Non-members
  2. Non-students
  3. Anthropologists

Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2022

Apply for the Anthropologist Support Program today!

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Student Volunteer Opportunity

Graduate students may apply to volunteer at the Annual Meeting to have their registration fees reimbursed.

The 2022 AAA Annual Meeting Call for Student Volunteers will open in August. Learn more about volunteering at the annual meeting, its application process, expectations, and role.

There are limited volunteer positions available, and application does not guarantee placement into a volunteer slot. Students to present at the Annual Meeting must still be registered (and AAA members) in order to remain on submissions if selected for the program.

Who is eligible?

  1. Members
  2. Graduate students prioritized

Start Date: Early August 2022

Deadline: Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver

As we recognize the effects of the pandemic have impacted each of us differently and personally, we are continuing our Hardship Registration Waiver Program. Registrants for the Annual Meeting will have the ability to add funds (at the level of their choosing) to their Annual Meeting registration, contributing to a pool of financial resources to cover fellow members’ registration expenses. The AAA will seed this pool of funds and hopes the community will support this initiative if/where they are able.

The request form for Hardship Registration Waivers is available to all members of the AAA. You must be a member to apply for this program. Applicants will be awarded waivers based on need and funds availability.

Who is eligible?

  1. AAA members
  2. Presenters & non-presenters

Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022

  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications beginning on Friday, May 1, 2022, and then continually on a rolling basis if/when further funding comes in from the community through the registration add-on process.

Complete the Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver Request Form

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DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program

Want another way to bring your undergraduate students to the AAA Annual Meeting? Consider the newly developed Undergraduate Cohort Program! This is an exclusive opportunity for DSP partners to sponsor a fall and spring class of undergraduates for a one-year AAA + NASA (National Association of Student Anthropologist) section membership and AAA Annual Meeting registration.

Visit the Undergraduate Cohort Program page to learn more about the program’s schedule, deadlines, and eligibility requirements, and to submit your application today!

Please note that the Undergraduate Cohort Program is a Department Services Program (DSP) benefit. Check your DSP status. If you are not currently a DSP partner, join or renew today!

Who is eligible?

  1. DSP Partners with non-member undergraduate students

Cohort Schedule & Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: September 1 – November 10
  • Spring Semester: January 1 – March 31

Apply for the DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program today!

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Other Financial Assistance for AAA Annual Meeting Registration

Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate

** Anthropologists within the U.S. and Canada are ineligible for this option.

Anthropologists outside of the U.S. or Canada, or non-anthropologists, may request the Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate. This registration rate simply allows individuals to present at the Annual Meeting without joining AAA, but it must be requested by Wednesday, May 25, 2022. This rate does not provide a complimentary membership and does not include member benefits.

Individuals who are permitted to access this rate will be responsible for paying the non-member registration rate; this rate is not a waiver of the annual meeting registration rate.

  • Note: The deadline to request this rate will expire on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
    • After that date, any individual(s) wishing to participate on an Annual Meeting panel submission MUST join AAA *and* pay the Annual Meeting registration fee, no exceptions.**

Learn more more about how to request the Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate.

Who is eligible?

  1. Non-members presenting at the meeting who are…
    1. Anthropologists outside of the US/Canada OR
    2. Non-anthropologists

Deadline: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Complete the Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate Request Form in order to present without having to join the AAA.

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Classroom Bundle Packs

Bundled packages include discounted registration for the instructor as well as 9 additional registrations for students and can be utilized for classrooms in higher education and K-12 contexts that are interested in introducing their students to the virtual component of the AAA Annual Meeting. Up to 10 additional students can be added at a rate of $35 per student. Additional teachers/instructors cannot be added at this rate. Learn more about Classroom Bundle Packs.

Who is eligible?

  1. DSP Partners with graduate students
  2. K-12 Educator Trial AAA Members
  3. K-12 Educator AAA Members

Deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Request a Classroom Bundle Pack today!

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AAA Membership Programs & Awards

New & Recent Graduate Program

The AAA Membership Department is pleased to share this exclusive opportunity for DSP partners to celebrate their graduates with a one-year complimentary AAA membership. Learn more about the New & Recent Graduate Program. This does not include an annual meeting registration.

Who is eligible?

  1. DSP Partners with graduate students (graduated in the past 12 months)

Deadline: Rolling basis

Nominate a graduate student today!

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Junior Anthropologist Award

AAA welcomes outstanding K-12 students who are interested in anthropology! Nominate one of these students for the Junior Anthropologist Award so they might be considered to receive a complimentary one-year AAA membership that includes a copy of Anthropology News, our member magazine, access to AnthroSource, our digital library of journals, and a membership in the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA). This does not include an annual meeting registration.

Who is eligible?

  1. Current K-12 students

Deadline: Rolling basis

Nominate a Junior Anthropologist today!

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K-12 Educator Free One-Year Trial

K-12 Educators are invited to receive a free one-year AAA membership trial. Following your first year of membership, K-12 educators have a steeply discounted rate of $19/year. Learn more about the K-12 Educator Membership Type.

Who is eligible?

  1. Current K-12 educators

Deadline: Rolling basis

Apply for a K-12 Educator One-Year Trial today!

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Community Engagement Grant

Grants up to $2000 for AAA sections to support events that engage communities and extend Anthropology’s reach beyond the annual meeting.

Who is eligible?

  1. Section Leadership (i.e. Section President and Section Program Chair)
    1. Note: Community engagement plan must be open to all meeting attendees

Deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Complete the Word Document Community Grant Application today!

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Mentoring Grant

Mentoring grants are intended to encourage sections to develop new and innovative approaches to mentoring. As such, preference may be given to activities and events that have not previously received funding.

Who is eligible?

  1. Section Leadership (i.e. Section President and Section Program Chair)

Deadline: Rolling basis

Complete the Word Document Mentoring Grant Application today!

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AAA Prizes & Awards/AAA Section Awards

Learn more about various AAA Prizes and Awards and AAA Section Awards!

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