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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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Submissions for 2020 Awards & Scholarships:

Friday, February 14 - Thursday, April 16



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Each year during the Annual ARNOVA Conference Awards Luncheon, the awards and scholarships listed below are presented to individuals for their outstanding achievements. A listing of previous recipients of each award can be accessed by clicking on any of the links below. Specific nomination/application information including deadlines for each of the awards below is posted to the website when they become available each year. 





Awards for research and service

These awards are for prior research, scholarship, teaching and service.


Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

Past Recipients

Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research

Past Recipients 


Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research

Past Recipients

Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize (Awarded jointly by ARNOVA and Independent Sector)

Past Recipients


The Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize 

Past Recipients


Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)

Past Recipients 
*All articles published in 2018 considered automatically; no nominations required


Best Reviewer for NVSQ

Past Recipients  
*No nominations required


Best Paper Submission 
Papers presented at the 2019 ARNOVA Conference will be awarded at the 2020 Conference.


Awards for proposed research

These awards are to fund future research.

RGK-ARNOVA President's Award 

Past Recipients | RGK Center Working Papers

UMD Do Good Institute & ARNOVA Global Philanthropy And Nonprofit Leadership Award

Past Recipients


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

Past Recipients


Dugan Research Award on Philanthropic Impact 

Past Recipients 

Emerging Scholar Awards

Calling all Emerging Scholars! The Emerging Scholars Award is available to those who have had their paper accepted to present at this year's Conference. 

Doctoral Fellows Program 

Do you have an approved dissertation proposal? Would you like to participate in a fellowship seminar with senior scholars and fellow doctoral students to receive feedback and research advice on your dissertation? Apply for the Doctoral Fellows program.


Doctoral Fellows Seminar A

Designed for students who have defended or will defend a dissertation proposal before the workshop convenes.


Doctoral Fellows Seminar B

Designed for students who have not yet defended a dissertation proposal, and whose dissertation plans may not yet be fully formed.

Graduate Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Workshop

Are you enrolled or considering enrollment in an accredited graduate program with a focus on philanthropic, nonprofit or voluntary action studies? Please review the requirements for the Diversity Scholars and Leaders Program which includes a Professional Development Workshop during the 2019 Conference in San Diego, CA. This year's agenda is designed to provide opportunities for networking and sharing information on teaching, dissertation and research strategies, career paths, and work-life balance. 

Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Workshop 

ARNOVA is seeking applications for a new Undergraduate Diversity Scholars initiative. This program would bring ten (10) undergraduates from underrepresented groups to the annual conference to attend a workshop on paths to higher education, ideally in the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary action studies.


Conference Scholarships & Travel Grants

Submit an application for financial assistance to attend the Annual Conference.









The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a diverse community of scholars, educators, and practice leaders that strengthens the field of nonprofit and philanthropic research in order to improve civil society and human life.

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