Good news: AYA membership is free of charge! We are not officially listed as a registered society (“eingetragener Verein”), so membership is neither compulsory nor strictly regulated. Our chief purpose is to provide a network of young scholars in the field of American Studies at Austrian universities and enhance the communication among them by offering informal events and workshops.

Who can join AYA? While AYA chiefly addresses PhD candidates, we also invite advanced M.A. students and early-stage post-doctoral researchers to join our community, both from Austria and abroad.

How can I apply for membership? In order to apply for membership, simply send us an abstract (about 250 words) of your current research project (M.A. / PhD / post-doctoral thesis) and a short bio note. By doing so, you agree to have your information published on our website and our social media pages. If don’t wish to do so, please let us know in your email.

We also invite all current members to update their abstracts and biographical information that are published on our website. Simply email us your updates. Please also let us know when you graduate, so we can celebrate the completed thesis with you!