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The Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland  (UMD), Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action [ARNOVA] are pleased to announce an annual Award to recognize and encourage path-breaking research in the field of “global philanthropy and/or nonprofit leadership”. This Award seeks to acknowledge and foster comparative, international research and theory building in this field. One award will be made annually.

In this inaugural year, 2016, we are seeking nominations for a $10,000 Award to an individual member of ARNOVA in recognition of and to honor a scholar’s significant contribution to the body of research on global philanthropy and/or nonprofit leadership. [Please note, in subsequent years, the Awards Committee will seek and review research proposals for new and creative work, especially projects that incorporate and apply new insights, frameworks, and theories to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism in comparative, international perspective.]

The Award recipient will be asked to produce a talk that serves as a “state of the field”, reviewing progress and identifying future direction for research in this area. This talk will be delivered at the 2016 Annual Conference, as well as during a subsequent sponsored visit and talk for campus and community members, hosted by the University of Maryland. A transcript of this talk will be made available on the ARNOVA and University of Maryland, School of Public Policy websites.

Nomination Requirements for 2016 Award & Additional Information

One (1) Letter of Nomination * Self-nominations will be accepted.

  • We ask that the honoree attend the ARNOVA Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Hyatt Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where he or she will be recognized.
  • Letters of nomination should detail the nominee’s contributions to scholarship in this area. If possible, please attach the nominee’s recent C.V. to the nomination letter.
  • Letters of nomination can also include information on related teaching, service and global field-building complementary to the nominee’s contributions to scholarship.
  • Jointly prepared letters of nomination by the nominee and nominator when it is not a self nomination are welcomed.

All nomination letters 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 members of ARNOVA will review applications and make the selection.

SUBMISSION OPEN: June 24, 2016
DEADLINE: September 15, 2016


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


Submissions closed


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