Activity Fund Guidelines 2022

The Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) has established an Activity Fund to support the work of members in the field of Animal Studies.  The objective of the Fund is to stimulate activities that improve, enhance, or facilitate AASA members to undertake activities that would otherwise not be able to be undertaken without this financial support. 

AASA will provide grant funding each financial year to assist members to undertake activities that support the field of Animal Studies in Australasia.

Activities funded can include, but are not limited to:

  • Support for physical meet-up and/or art events
  • Book funds for the precariously employed
  • Advocacy paper publication subsidies
  • Exhibition support
  • Small co-branded events, such as symposia
  • Project funding, such as written output supports for reading groups
  • Sponsorship of animal studies relevant podcasts, vlogs, etc

Applications are available to individuals and groups containing current financial members.  Each member/group is eligible to receive one grant per financial year, and are recommended to make one application only per round. Between AU$200 to $500 is available per grant, which will need to be spent during the following 12-month period.  Up to four grants will be awarded this financial year.  Unspent funds are to be returned. 

Application should be submitted through the application form (, by the due date (COB Sydney Time, 20th  May 2022).

Applications will be adjudicated by a sub-committee of members nominated by the AASA Committee.  The AASA Chair may appoint non-members to this Committee if their expertise is required for decision making.  The Association reserves the right not to award grants in any financial year and vary the terms of the grant as needed to satisfy the objectives of this Fund.  Special consideration will be given to:

  • Early career researchers
  • The precariously employed
  • Māori, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members

Funded activities may include non-AASA members, however preference will be given to activities that include a significant number of members (if relevant to funded activity).

All applications are expected to demonstrate that funds will be used to meet the cost of the proposed activity, and where additional costs are needed, these have been obtained.  A report on the activities undertaken (including receipts) will be lodged with the AASA Treasurer within 6 months of the activity being undertaken.  Failure to provide a report will prevent future Fund applications being considered.