Professional Development Grants

For AAAE Meetings, Academies and Training

Your participation in AAAE events provides essential education and the opportunity to make meaningful connections across the industry.

AAAE is committed to ensuring that any airport professional can reap the benefits of participation in our signature events and training opportunities.

If you are interested in attending a AAAE event but you and/or your employer do not have the financial means to do so, please apply for a Professional Development Grant. Made possible through the success of AAAE’s business operations, grants are available to Executive and Affiliate members (individual members employed by an airport).

2022 Events:

  • Loretta Scott, A.A.E. Accreditation/Certification Academies
    March 21-25 / Dallas
    July 18-22 / Denver
    November 7-11 / Alexandria
  • 94th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition / June 5-8 / Seattle
  • F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference / October 9-11 / Orlando

Each Professional Development Grant Includes:

  • Flights to/from the event
  • Hotel lodging during the event
  • Complimentary registration for the event

Recipients are Responsible for:

  • Transportation to/from the airport/hotel
  • Meals not included with the event
  • Hotel incidentals (room service, mini bar, tips, etc.)
  • Enrollment or program fees (Accreditation/Certification Academies and Review Courses)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an Executive or Affiliate member of AAAE in good standing at the time of application AND of the event. Other AAAE member types are not eligible currently.
  • Submit a complete application, including a letter of recommendation from a supervisor who is authorized to approve travel.
  • Cannot currently have access to a leadership travel reimbursement through AAAE
  • Cannot have received a AAAE professional development grant in previous three years.


  • The application period for 2022 has now closed.
  • AAAE reserves the right to change or discontinue this program without notice. 

Please contact Gwen Basaria at or 703.797.2540 with questions.