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Mohammed and Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Subaie Charity Foundation-ARNOVA Arab Philanthropy and Nonprofit Research Award



The Mohammed and Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Subaie Charity Foundation and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action [ARNOVA] offer this annual award to support collaborative research on nonprofit organizations and foundations in the Arab world. This includes topics related Non-governmental organizations, charity and philanthropy with a preference for research related to management, governance and best practices. The Arab world, according to the World Bank, includes the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The grant award will be for $10,000/year. The award will be made to a collaborative research project that involves a partner (individual or institution) that is based in the GCC (preferably Saudi Arabia), regardless if the applicant is based in the Arab World or not. At the applicant's discretion, the involvement should be meaningful- regardless if it is compensated or not, aiming to build the knowledge and/or capacity of the partner. A scholar may not be eligible to receive the award more than once in a three year cycle. One grant is made each year, assuming a worthy proposal is submitted.

The Award recipient will be expected to produce a working paper/brief on best practices based upon this research that the Foundation may publish on its websites or in print. The foundation is permitted to translate the paper into another language should they choose. The recipient will be expected to produce the final paper within 12 months of the announcement of the Award.


  • Proposals should not exceed 5 pages in length, single-spaced. It should describe the concepts, issues or problem to be explored, and the theoretical framework for that exploration. The author may attach a summary of literature that their project will draw on and include a letter describing the author's background and experience and how that prepares them to undertake this research successfully. A brief budget may be submitted that shows how the awards funds will be used, but a budget is not necessary.
  • The proposal narrative should describe the character of and approach to the research to be pursued. If it involves data gathering and analysis, the proposal should describe data sources the project will use (or develop), and the methodologies to be employed in collection and analysis. It should explain the expected significance of this research and how it will advance a broader and deeper understanding of one or more of the important elements of philanthropy, nonprofits, voluntary action or civil society.
  • The proposer's Curriculum Vitae

The 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 serve on a panel to present their award-winning research as part of a mini-plenary on the same day.

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



Submission Open:            February 15, 2018
Deadline:                          April 16, 2018
Awardee Notification:       September 12, 2018
Award Announcement:     During ARNOVA Conference: November 15-17, 2018




 Submissions now closed - please come back next year! 





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