Childcare Grants

The Association will offer grants of up to $250 USD to assist AHA members who have childcare costs during the annual meeting. The grants are intended to help offset the cost of child care, enabling attendees with dependent children to attend the meeting.

Grant Eligibility and Terms

History graduate students, early career historians, and contingent faculty are eligible; priority will go to those who are on the program.

  • Grant recipients must be AHA members and must be registered for the annual meeting.
  • Only one parent of a child or children may apply for a grant.
  • Allowable expenses include babysitters (on-site at the conference location or child care at home) and airfare/hotel costs for a caregiver to accompany the child to the annual meeting location.
  • Not eligible for reimbursement are meals, onsite transportation, and tickets to museums and other attractions, as well as childcare expenses (nanny, babysitter, after-school care) not related to attendance at the meeting.
  • Childcare funds cannot be used to fund travel or other expenses related to the attendee’s participation in the meeting (including meeting registration or other expenses the attendee would already be incurring by attending the meeting).
  • Funds cannot be used for travel expenses for the child or children.

Reimbursements will be distributed following the annual meeting. Each recipient will complete an AHA reimbursement form (distributed with the award notification email) and submit it with original receipts to the AHA office at the address noted on the reimbursement form.

Reimbursement may be requested for eligible expenses up to the maximum amount of the grant. Expenses in excess of the award amount must be borne by the individual recipient. No funds can be distributed prior to the conclusion of the annual meeting, and no funds are distributed on site at the meeting.

Application Process

Log into your MY AHA account at historians.org/myaha and click “Available Application Forms” in the AHA Awards, Grants, and Jobs section.

  1. Fill in the application form, which includes your contact information and a statement describing your needs (number of children, number of hours needed, travel needs for caregiver, special circumstances).
  2. Supporting documents or letters of recommendation are NOT required.

The application period is from September 15 through November 1. There is a limited number of grants, so the AHA may not be able to meet the needs of all applicants. All applicants will be notified no later than December 1.

Applicants with questions can send them via email to annualmeeting@historians.org.