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2016 Doctoral Fellowship Seminar II
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ARNOVA offers a unique fellowship opportunity for doctoral students writing a dissertation on a topic in nonprofit or philanthropic studies. Fellows will have the chance to get important feedback on their research and funding to attend the 45th Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The Doctoral Fellowship Seminar is a one-day gathering designed to provide intellectual and research advice and mentoring and networking opportunities to Ph.D. candidates pursuing studies related to the fields of nonprofit, voluntary action, or civil society studies. The Seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the day prior to the start of the ARNOVA’s 2016 Conference. This will include a group of up to 10 selected fellows as well as several senior scholars.

Scholars that have successfully passed their comprehensive examinations leading to the PhD but have yet to defend their proposal are eligible for Doctoral Fellowship Seminar II.

Students will make brief presentations on their research and receive feedback from several senior scholars in the field and their fellow doctoral students. In 2016, the ARNOVA Doctoral Fellowship Seminars will be chaired by Femida Handy, University of Pennsylvania.

The ARNOVA Doctoral Fellowship Seminar award will provide each recipient with $250 to offset the cost of travel and lodging at the Seminar and ARNOVA conference. In addition, fellows will receive free registration to attend the 2016 ARNOVA conference. Selected Seminar students will be expected to participate in the full 2016 ARNOVA Conference, which runs from November 17-19, offering fellows additional opportunities to learn about important issues in nonprofit research.


  • Dissertation proposals with preference given to applicants in the early to mid-stages of their research. Fellows may come from any country, institution and academic discipline. The research must be focused on a topic related to philanthropy, voluntary action, civil society and the nonprofit sector. Focus areas might include nonprofit institutions (e.g., hospitals, human service agencies, arts organizations, religious groups); or phenomena like civic advocacy, pro-social behavior and social capital; or issues related to nonprofit management, public policy and intersectoral relations. The scope of the studies may include these organizations or activities in the U.S. or other countries.
  • A three (3) page (maximum) description of their dissertation project that includes a statement how the findings of the dissertation will add to the existing body of knowledge, and an explanation of why participation in this seminar would be particularly helpful to their development as a scholar.
  • Letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor which confirms that the student has completed their comprehensive exams but have not defended their proposal.
    • Selected students will provide an 8-10 page summary of the current status of their research and issues encountered no later than October 21, 2016, so that all participants can review and be prepared to offer useful feedback
AWARD AMOUNT: $250 and complimentary conference registration
DEADLINE: August 31, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern


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