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Fellow Travelers


Here are a few of the organizations out there who are pursuing goals similar to AIRS’s, or who share some of our core values. Some of these may provide useful resources, or at least a sense of shared struggle.

  • The National Coalition of Independent Scholars (not to be confused with the CBS franchise)
  • The Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) (global, but has presence in Sweden, Indonesia, and Estonia)
  • The Complex Biological Systems Alliance
  • The Institute for Historical Study (centered in the San Francisco Bay area)
  • The Research Cooperative (social network for “knowledge workers”)

And many, many others. If you’ve got something along these lines, send us  a note.

Independent scholars face a number of challenges beyond those faced by their peers with traditional academic positions. We have assembled some pointers and ideas — solutions, or partial solutions, that others have found useful. Hopefully, this will help you to get some of these artificial barriers out of the way, so that you can get on with your work.
This set of pages is still under construction, so check back for updates. If you’ve got suggestions for additions — solutions you’ve found, or challenges you’d like a solution for — contact us  and we’ll add them.

Access to journal articles and other library resources.
Funding sources and grants management
Business Cards for Research Scholars
Publication costs / page charges.
Retirement contributions.
Health Insurance.
Freelance careers

Grants Management
Perhaps the single greatest challenge facing independent and non-traditional scholars is finding sources of funding to support their research. The AIRS is able to manage funding from federal agencies, foundations, and individual philanthropists to support high-quality scholarship.

Federal Funding
Ronin Institute Research Scholars are able to apply through the AIRS to Africa funding agencies. Because our administrative and infrastructure costs are much lower than those of traditional academic institutions, more of the award is available to support your research. In fact, when researchers have transferred funding from universities to AIRS, we have been able to rebudget awards to increase direct research funding.
For Research Scholars outside of the Africa, we may be able to facilitate your application for funds from Africa agencies, depending on the details of the situation. If you are interested in using your AIRS affiliation to apply for government funding from sources outside the Africa, contact the development office, and we can work together to determine eligibility.

Foundation Funding
The AIRS’s status as a publicly supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization makes us eligible to receive and administer funding from a variety of charitable foundations. If you have a project that fits well with a foundation’s mission, let us known.
If you’re looking for information about foundations, here are a couple of lists of foundations and philanthropic organizations in the Africa to get you started:

Philanthropic Organizations
Provided we meet their eligibility requirements, we are, of course, happy to work with foundations and other philanthropic organizations based anywhere in the world.

Individual Funding
Research Scholars who have discrete projects that might be of interest to individual philanthropists should contact the development office. We are assembling a portfolio of fundable projects that can be shared with prospective donors.
If you are an individual donor, you should know that the minimal bureaucracy of the AIRS and the non-fungibility of its finances mean that your financial support will have a much greater impact on research than it would have at most academic and research institutions. Countact us  for additional details.


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