One of the key focus areas for AAFA is support for doctoral students. To this end the AAFA offers special rates to PhD students attending the annual conference. Each annual conference is preceded by a PhD colloquium where doctoral students receive feedback on their research by experts in the field. Various discussions and plenary sessions are also offered to enhance the understanding of research, methodology, theory, and publication. Over and above the annual conference students are also exposed to other virtual events and resources as part of their AAFA membership privileges.
Collaborative partners of the AAFA also offer valuable support and resources to PhD scholars