Financial Assistance is Available!

AAA/CASCA 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 2023 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON, CA or online. These programs are divided into three categories:

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

Many of the opportunities on this page are specifically for members of the AAA. For CASCA specific opportunities such as Student Travel Grants and the Waiver for Indigenous Participants, please visit their website.

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?


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.

  • Friday, March 31, 2023
    • DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program – Spring Application Deadline
  • Monday, April 6, 2023
    • Section Waiver Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2023

    • Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    • Executive Program Chair Registration Waiver Notifications Sent
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023

    • Non-Member Guest Presenter Registration Rate Application Deadline
  • Monday, June 5, 2023
    • Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver Status Notifications Begin
  • Friday, September 1, 2023
    • DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program Opens
  • Friday, September 1, 2023
    • Anthropologist Support Program Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023
    • Student Volunteer Opportunity Application Deadline
  • Friday, October 6, 2023
    • Annual Meeting Hardship Registration Waiver Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023
    • Student Volunteer Opportunity Status Notifications Sent
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023
    • Classroom Bundle Pack Registration Deadline
  • Friday, November 10, 2023
    • DSP Undergraduate Cohort Program – Fall Application Deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.

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!

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/CASCA Annual Meeting at a member rate!

Review all 2023 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting and Membership financial assistance opportunities in table format (Excel doc)!

Complimentary Registration Opportunities for the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting

Other Financial Assistance for AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting Registration

AAA Membership Programs & Awards


For questions, please contact the AAA Meetings Department.