AHA Council Annual Meeting Travel Grants

Young annual meeting attendees ride down a escalator in the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, January 2017.The application period for the 2020 grants has passed. Applications for 2021 grants will open in October 2020.

In 2015, the AHA Council established a fund to subsidize graduate student attendance at the AHA annual meeting and expanded the program to include un/underemployed historians in 2020. Applicants in any major or minor field of study, regardless of participation in the meeting program, will be considered. Grant amounts are recommended annually by the executive director based on the fund balance and typically range from $200–$400.

See the list of past recipients.


Only graduates student members and un/underemployed members of the Association are eligible to apply for the AHA Council Annual Meeting Travel Grants. Please note: No individual is eligible to receive more than one travel grant. Preference will be given to those who have previously applied but not received an award.

Application Process and Deadline

AHA Members Only: Select the "Members Apply Here" box on the left for further details and a link to the application form.

Applications must include:

  • CV (two pages maximum)
  • Statement of no more than 250 words describing how the applicant would benefit from attending the annual meeting

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by lottery, and successful applicants will be notified by e-mail in early December. Please, no phone calls.


Successful applicants will be expected to write a 250-word reflection on a session they attended at the annual meeting. Reflections should not be a summary but rather a provocative and interesting reaction.

Award Distribution

Grantees will receive payments after submitting travel receipts and a 250-word reflection on a session attended at the meeting.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.