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Each year during the annual ARNOVA conference, the awards and scholarships listed below are presented to individuals for their outstanding achievements. A listing of previous recipients of each award can be accessed by clicking on any of the links below. Specific nomination/application information including deadlines for each of the awards below is posted to the website when they become available each year. 


Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research (formerly called Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement) Submissions Closed

Past Recipients

Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research (formerly called ARNOVA Dissertation Award) Submissions Closed

Past Recipients 


Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research 

Past Recipients

Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize (Awarded jointly by ARNOVA and Independent Sector) 

Past Recipients

Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)

Past Recipients  *All articles published in 2015 considered automatically; no nominations required

RGK-ARNOVA President's Award Submissions Closed

Past Recipients | RGK Center Working Papers  

NEW! SPP UMD-ARNOVA Global Philanthropy And Nonprofit Leadership Award Submissions closed

The School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland (SPP 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. 


NEW! The Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize Submissions closed

Peter Dobkin Hall, who died last April, was an active and long-time ARNOVA member, winner of the organization’s 2008 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, and one of the most influential historians of the nonprofit sector of the last half-century. This $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will honor Hall’s memory by celebrating the published book that has made the most significant scholarly contribution to our understanding of the history of philanthropy. For purposes of the prize, “philanthropy” will be defined in broad ARNOVA terms to include the history of nonprofit organizations, civil society, and philanthropy. 



Emerging Scholar Awards Submissions Closed

Calling all Emerging Scholars! The Emerging Scholars Award is available to those who have had their paper accepted to present at this year's Conference. 

ARNOVA Doctoral Fellows Program 

Do you have an approved dissertation proposal? Would you like to participate in a fellowship seminar with senior scholars and fellow doctoral students to receive feedback and research advice on your dissertation? Apply for the Doctoral Fellows program.

Doctoral Fellows Seminar I Submissions Closed

Designed for scholars who have completed their comprehensive exams and successfully defended their dissertation proposal

Doctoral Fellows Seminar II Submissions Closed

Designed for scholars that have successfully passed their comprehensive examinations leading to the PhD but have yet to defend their proposal

Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Workshop Submissions Closed

Are you enrolled or considering enrollment in an accredited graduate program with a focus on philanthropic, nonprofit or voluntary action studies? Please review the requirements for the Diversity Scholars and Leaders Program which includes a Professional Development Workshop during the 2016 Conference in Washington, D.C. This year's agenda is designed to provide opportunities for networking and sharing information on teaching, dissertation and research strategies, career paths, and work-life balance. 


Conference Scholarships & Travel Grants Submissions Closed

Submit an application for financial assistance to attend the Annual Conference.

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WEBINAR: Civic Agency in the Nonprofit Classroom: Using Service Learning to Enhance Practical Skills

2016 Symposium on Public Policy

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