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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. 


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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 2017 considered automatically; no nominations required


Best Reviewer for NVSQ

Past Recipients  *no nominations required


Best Paper Submission  Papers presented at the 2017 ARNOVA Conference will be awarded at the 2018 Conference (submissions open October 2, 2018)


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 scholars who have completed their comprehensive exams and successfully defended their dissertation proposal


Doctoral Fellows Seminar B

Designed for scholars that have successfully passed their comprehensive examinations leading to the PhD but have yet to defend their proposal

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 2018 Conference in Austin, TX. 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.


Stay tuned for 2019 Call for Awards & Scholarships!









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