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Nonprofits and Philanthropy in a Polarized World:
Speaking Truth to Power and Using Power to Speak Truth

November 21-23, 2019 | San Diego, California


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"I have participated in the the ARNOVA Emerging Scholars Research Roundtables for three consecutive years and it is absolutely one of my favorite parts of attending the ARNOVA conference. The Roundtables create a unique opportunity for me to get extensive feedback from senior scholars and my peers on my working papers. Two of the three papers I presented at the Roundtables got published in top public and nonprofit management journals. These senior scholars also became my mentors as I movedalong. I would recommend any doctoral student or junior scholar to fully take advantage of this opportunity and participate in the Roundtables."


Yuan (Daniel) Cheng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 

Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota  


Emerging scholars (assistant professors and doctoral students) have the opportunity to participate in the research roundtables during the 48th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. The Emerging Scholars Research Roundtables are designed to provide participants with in-depth feedback on their research papers and projects to help prepare the projects for publication.

Selected participants should expect to actively participate in the roundtables. Each participant will submit written work for review and serve as a reviewer and discussant of other participants’ work. Each participant will be assigned a peer’s research paper. Participants will review the assigned papers and be prepared to offer and discuss their constructive and in-depth feedback during the roundtables. (Written comments are strongly encouraged and can be shared during/after the roundtables). This peer-review process is designed to ensure fairness and active engagement and promises to build mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities. Several senior scholars in the field will coordinate the roundtables and provide their own feedback.


If you have any questions, please contact the Co-Chairs of the Emerging Scholars Development Workshop Sub-Committee, David Berlan at or Ashley English at



  • Participants are PhD students and/or assistant professors in their first to third year.
  • Participants may come from any country, institution and academic discipline.
  • Research papers or projects should be a rough FULL draft (approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words). Work submitted/accepted to the conference panels are accepted as long as a FULL draft is ready.
  • Dissertation proposals or chapters from a book-length dissertation are not accepted. Draft book chapters that exceed the word limit are not accepted
  •  The research must be focused on a topic related to philanthropy, voluntary action, civil society and/or the nonprofit/NGO sector.
  • The scope of the research may be comparative, international, or domestic; and theoretical, analytical or empirical.


Submission Requirements

  • A full draft paper by August 31, 2019. Draft papers need not be final versions. They should be further along than a research design, but may still require work such as further conceptual development or data analysis (they may be drafts of papers that will also be presented at the conference).
  • Confirmation that applicants are committed to attending ARNOVA 2019, willing to provide feedback on peers’ paper.


Selection criteria

  • Relevance of the draft to the field and potential of philanthropy, voluntary action, civil society and/or the nonprofit/NGO sector.
  • Completeness of submitted draft.
  • Commitment to participate conference and fully engage in review of a peer’s work, including to provide constructive in-depth feedback during the roundtable.












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