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Conference Awards & Scholarships

2022 Award Winners

Congratulations to the #ARNOVA22 Research Awards recipients! And thank you to our amazing volunteer committees for their work selecting this year's award winners.

Award & Scholarship submissions are closed for 2022*

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*Nominations for the Best Paper Award are open until December 19, 2022! Scroll down to learn more.

Each year during the Annual ARNOVA Conference, 12 awards and 5 scholarships are presented to individuals for their outstanding achievements. Throughout the years, these awards and scholarships have positioned ARNOVA as an association that recognizes scholars, leaders, and practitioners' accomplishments, promoting and supporting nonprofit and voluntary action research.


Best Conference Paper Award

Papers presented at the ARNOVA Annual Conference can be nominated for this award. Nominations can be submitted by the paper authors or any ARNOVA member.

2022 Submissions closed

Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

Given annually for significant and sustained contributions to the field through research and leadership. Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding achievement(s) in the field of nonprofit and voluntary action research and/or significant leadership achievements in the advancement and promotion of such research over an extended period of time.


Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research

The Outstanding Dissertation is awarded annually for a Ph.D. dissertation completed and/or defended in the three years prior to the award ( 2019, 2020, and 2021). Dissertations that contribute to the advancement of theory, conceptualization, research, or practice closely related to nonprofit organizations or voluntary action are eligible.


Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)

All articles published in the previous year’s volume of NVSQ are considered for this award. No nominations required


Best Reviewer for NVSQ

The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly is the official journal of ARNOVA. All active reviewers for the previous year’s volumes of NVSQ are considered for this award. No nominations required.

2021 Poster Award

Best Poster Awards

All posters presented at the ARNOVA Annual Conference are considered for this award. No nominations required.

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Proposed research Awards

These awards are to fund future research.

2022 Submission closed
2021 RGK Award (4)
RGK-ARNOVA President's Award

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action [ARNOVA] offer this annual award to encourage innovative, foundational research in the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies.

UMD Do Good Institute & ARNOVA Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Award

The Global Philanthropy Program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (with funding from the Do Good Institute) 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 or global nonprofit leadership”

ARNOVA Book Awards

ARNOVA is pleased to announce the opening of submission for our annual book awards about philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, and civil society. ARNOVA is the leading network of researchers, university faculty, and practice leaders who focus on these subjects in their teaching, writing, and policy work. We seek to honor the most impressive work in these areas.

2022 Nominations closed
The Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize

This prize will honor Peter Dobkin 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.

2021 Outstanding Book (4)
Outstanding Book Award in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research

This award is given for a single book, monograph, or edited book published in the three calendar years preceding the award. Books that contribute to the advancement of theory, conceptualization, research, or practice are eligible.

2021 Virginia Award (4)
Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize

The Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Prize honors the best new published research that focuses on, and is likely to positively impact, the application of new knowledge to practice and policy issues in the nonprofit realm. The award is given to the best book on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that informs policy and practice.

Program-based Scholarships

These scholarships are workshops, seminars, or mentorship programs held before the Annual Conference. Selected participants are required to attend the designated sessions (in the format available) to receive any scholarship benefits.

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Early Career Mentoring Program

The long-term objective of this Program is to prepare engaged junior scholars and practitioners to be better equipped to make significant contributions throughout their careers to the field of nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations.

2022 Application closed

Doctoral Fellowship 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? This pre-conference seminar is for you!

2022 Application closed

Graduate Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Workshop

This program focuses on helping emerging scholars from underrepresented groups prepare to enter the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary action studies. The focus of the PDW is on preparing participants who are beginning master or doctoral level education and research.

2022 Application closed
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Undergraduate Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Program

The PDW will introduce participants to the world of non-profit social science research and pathways to higher education. Scholars will also attend panels based on each student’s research interest, will have opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty from underrepresented communities, to learn alongside senior scholars in the field and to participate in an array of social and scholarly conversations.

2022 Applications closed

Fund-based Scholarships

These scholarships support individuals to attend ARNOVA’s Annual Conference. We hope to make it possible for people of limited means to participate in this important event.


Conference Scholarships & Travel Grants

ARNOVA Conference Scholarships provide support to assist individuals to attend ARNOVA’s Annual Conference. We especially encourage applications from under-represented minority students, faculty and practitioners, and from our international and United States-based members from diverse disciplines.

2022 Applications closed


Emerging Scholar Fund

ARNOVA’s Emerging Scholars Fund is given to ten (10) applicants annually to recognize the potentials of the next generation of nonprofit scholars and practitioners. This scholarship is designed to support the efforts of emerging scholars and practitioners to foster dissemination of research into practice and enhance involvement in the creation of usable knowledge.

2022 Applications closed

Awards & Scholarships FAQs


Can I save or modify my nominations/applications?

Yes, you can modify or update your application at any time until the deadline.


Can I save incomplete nominations/applications?

Incomplete submissions will be saved in your account for completion until the deadline.


Can I apply for more than one award or scholarship at once?

Yes, you can apply for multiple awards and scholarships. Each award and scholarship requires a separate application. Note: you may only accept one award and one scholarship.


Can I apply if I have accepted an award/scholarship in the past?

Please check the terms and conditions for each award above.


I have a problem with my application form. Who can I contact?

Please email or call us at 317-684-2120.

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