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Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit & 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 (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). 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.

Submission Requirements

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.

All proposals must be submitted electronically in a single PDF formatted file to assure their integrity. Word documents will not be considered.

Award recipient is required to attend the ARNOVA Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas. They may also be invited to serve on a panel to present their award-winning research as part of a mini-plenary on the same day.


Submission Open:           February 15, 2018
Deadline:                         April 16, 2018
Awardee Notification:      July 9, 2018
Award Announcement:    September 12, 2018



 Submissions now closed - please come back next year! 





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