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The Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action are pleased to offer an annual award to recognize and encourage innovative, path-breaking research in the field of “global philanthropy and/or nonprofit leadership”.

The award provides $10,000 to a member of ARNOVA in support new and creative work, with a particular interest in projects that incorporate and apply new insights, frameworks, and theories to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, or volunteerism in comparative, international perspective. One grant is made each year, assuming a worthy proposal is submitted.


Nomination Requirements for 2017 Award & Additional Information

Proposals should not exceed 5 pages in length, single-spaced. The proposal should describe the concepts, issues or problem to be explored, and the theoretical framework for that exploration. The author may attach a summary of literature that their project will draw on and include a letter describing the author’s background and experience and how that prepares them to undertake this research successfully. A brief budget may be submitted that shows how the awards funds will be used, but a budget is not necessary.

The proposal narrative
should describe the character of and approach to the research to be pursued. If it involves data gathering and analysis, the proposal should describe data sources the project will use (or develop), and the methodologies to be employed in collection and analysis. It should explain the expected significance of this research and how it will advance a broader and deeper understanding of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, or volunteerism in comparative, international perspective. We would also like to see a brief statement on the researcher’s dissemination plan.

The proposer’s Curriculum Vitae should be attached.

The Award recipient will be expected to produce a working paper that can be made available on the Do Good Institute and ARNOVA websites when finished, and a presentation of that paper can be made at ARNOVA’s Conference the year it is completed. The recipient will be expected to produce the final paper within 12 months of the announcement of the Award, and to carry out a related presentation at the University of Maryland on a mutually acceptable date as a guest of the University. In addition, the award recipient is required to attend the ARNOVA Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. S/he will also serve on a panel to present the award winning research as part of a mini-plenary on the same day.


All proposals must be submitted electronically in a single PDF formatted file to assure their integrity. Word documents will not be considered.

An Awards Committee composed of former Presidents of ARNOVA will review applications and make the selection.

SUBMISSION OPEN: March 7, 2017
DEADLINE: May 17, 2017


If you have questions, send us an e-mail.



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