The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) is the oldest academic organization devoted to the study of the Himalaya in the United States. ANHS was founded in 1971 as the Nepal Studies Association with support from the Ford Foundation. In 1999, to reflect a widening member base and area of interest, the association broadened its mandate to cover the entire Himalaya-Karakoram-Hindukush region and adjacent mountain areas of High Asia, and adopted its current name.
In 2010, ANHS became a Center in Developing Status with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers to reflect its growing focus on supporting research. In 2013, ANHS successfully was granted full CAORC status to become the newest American Overseas Research Center. ANHS – Kathmandu is directed by Manohari Upadhyaya.
ANHS members include universities and colleges, faculty, scholars, resource and development professionals, students and other Himalayan-region residents and enthusiasts. ANHS members work or live in or are experts on Bhutan, Nepal, the Indian Himalaya, Pakistan, Tibet, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
ANHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by its Constitution.