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2016 Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research
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The Outstanding Dissertation is awarded annually for a Ph.D. dissertation completed and/or defended in the three years prior to the award (2013, 2014, and 2015). Dissertations that contribute to the advancement of theory, conceptualization, research, or practice closely related to nonprofit organizations or voluntary action are eligible. Nominations are especially invited in the areas where Gabe Rudney made significant research contributions during his lifetime: patterns of giving, tax policy and charitable giving and the nonprofit sector, economic contributions of the sector, or comparative international studies.


  • Letter from Advisor explaining the nature of the work and how well it meets criteria for excellence in its field.
  • An Extended Abstract, approximately five (5) pages. Nominees should be prepared to send a copy of the full dissertation upon request. 
  • Award recipient is required to attend the ARNOVA Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Hyatt Capitol Hill in Washington DC.  They will also serve on a panel to present their award winning research as part of a mini-plenary on the same day.

All required documents should be submitted (by the Advisor or Nominee) in a single PDF formatted file to assure their integrity. Word documents will not be considered.



SUBMISSION OPEN: February 29, 2016
DEADLINE: May 17, 2016
AWARDEE NOTIFICATION: September 12, 2016




 Submissions closed.


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