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American Institute for Yemeni Studies

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

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For the latest news about AIYS and information on Yemeni Studies, see the "Yemen Webdate Blog". We also have an "AIYS Facebook Page".

Journalists, scholars and anyone interested are welcome to consult our "Expert Guide" for members with expertise on topics related to Yemen, present and past.

AIYS welcomes donors who want to encourage and promote research by Yemeni scholars through our Abdulkarim Al-Eryani Scholarship Fund.

Administrative Structure

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 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and in Sanaa by the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sources of Support

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.

All drawings on this site are taken from sketches by Patricia Glee Smith, © 1997. A set of 8 greeting cards showing four of these views may be ordered from AIYS; see the membership form.

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