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Undergraduate Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Program

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is seeking applications for a new Undergraduate Diversity Scholars initiative. This program would bring ten (10) undergraduates from underrepresented groups to the ARNOVA annual conference in November 2018 to attend a workshop on paths to higher education, ideally in the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary action studies. Students will participate in a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) to be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 as a pre-session of the ARNOVA Annual Conference in Austin, TX. 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. The hope is that this opportunity will provide a window into the work and life of social science researchers and evaluators.

To qualify for the Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Program, applicants must be considering applying to an accredited graduate program with a focus on philanthropic, social science, nonprofit or voluntary action studies. The selection committee actively seeks applications from persons of traditionally underrepresented groups. Preference is given to African-American, Hispanic/Latino Americans and Native Americans students.

Applications should include:

  • A statement of interest (250 words)
  • A letter of nomination from a faculty member or nonprofit practitioner
  • A copy of applicant's current resume
  • An unofficial copy of applicant's current transcript

Award Amount: Complimentary conference registration, and three nights' accommodation (Nights of November 14, 15, and 16) at the conference hotel, shared with another Diversity Scholar
Submission Open: May 9, 2018
Deadline: August 1, 2018  September 1, 2018 - Submissions now closed
Awardee Notification: September 12, 2018

Note: The 2018 ARNOVA conference will take place in Austin, Texas. Undergraduate Diversity Scholars will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference. We encourage applicants to inquire with their universities what funding might be available to help them with these costs.

Submissions now closed




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