About AIYS



AIYS is a consortium of institutions of higher education whose purpose is to promote scholarly research on Yemen. The Institute provides essential resources for the support of research in Yemen and the development of academic ties between the Yemeni and American academic communities.

AIYS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).

Due to the current conflict in Yemen, please contact our office before visiting the Institute.



AIYS is a non-profit (501(c)3) consortium of scholarly institutions (universities, museums, and research centers) founded in 1977. It is governed by officers elected by a Board of Directors who delegate responsibility for specific programs to designated committees. Day-to-day oversight of AIYS activities is provided in the U.S. by the AIYS Executive Director at CAORC and AIYS President and in Sanaa by the AIYS Resident Director.



AIYS derives its funding from the dues of institutional and individual members, from individual and corporate donations in cash and in kind, and from grants made by private foundations and public agencies. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports AIYS programs through its umbrella grant for American Overseas Research Centers. The U.S. Department of Education has provided program support through an administrative infrastructure grant made under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (American Overseas Research Centers Program), as well as through its TICFIA foreign research resources grants. The support of all these entities is essential to the continued and effective operation of AIYS, and is gratefully acknowledged. For information on how to become an institutional member of AIYS, contact the AIYS office. To apply for individual membership in AIYS, click here.

Photographs and images on this website are by permission of members and friends of AIYS or royalty free. Those submitting photographs include Najwa Adra, Salwa Dammaj, Marjorie Ransom and Daniel Martin Varisco. 


The American Institute for Yemeni Studies is a US registered 501(c)3 non-profit, academic organization.

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