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 greater Himalayan region and highlands. Today, ANHS members include both institutions and individuals with interests in the greater Himalayas.
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 was granted full CAORC status and established the ANHS-Kathmandu Research Center, one of a dozen American Overseas Research Centers. ANHS – Kathmandu is directed by Manohari Upadhyaya with offices in Kathmandu.