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Emerging scholars (assistant professors and doctoral students) have the opportunity to participate in the research roundtables during the 46th Annual Conference in Austin, TX. The Emerging Scholars Research Roundtables are designed to provide participants with in-depth feedback on their research papers and projects. The Roundtables are sponsored by the Governance and the Theory, Issues, & Boundaries Section (TIBS).  

Research Roundtables run in parallel to the conference panels and provide emerging scholars the chance to: 1) discuss their early-stage research projects; and 2) receive and provide constructive in-depth feedback in a supportive environment. The Roundtables will be held during the conference, November 15-17, in parallel to conference panels.

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. Several senior scholars in the field will coordinate the roundtables and provide their own feedback. This peer-review process is designed to ensure fairness and active engagement and promises to build mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact the co-Chairs of the Emerging Scholars Development Workshop Committee, Khaldoun AbouAssi at or David Berlan 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.
• Priority is given to emerging scholars, especially those who do not benefit from similar opportunities during ARNOVA pre-conference activities.
• Research papers or projects should be in progress or near completion (a rough draft is expected to be submitted) and do NOT include dissertation proposals or chapters or book chapters.
• 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.




• Interested participants are asked to submit a 250-word abstract describing the research project by August 15, 2018.
• Selected participants will be notified by September 15, 2018.
• Selected participants should submit a full draft of their paper no later than October 15, 2018.
• 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).


FULL PAPER DUE: October 15, 2018







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