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Submissions for 2020 Awards & Scholarships
Friday, February 21 - Wednesday, May 27 (now closed)








The deadline for awards & scholarships has now passed - thank you to all those who have applied! Notification dates for acceptance/rejection of all awards were sent and we will be publishing the winners names on September 30!



Thank you to all of our volunteer committees who are working hard behind the scenes to review submissions! Keep up with the latest news on the ARNOVA conference here.



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Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award | Past Recipients

Given annually for significant and sustained contributions to the field through research and leadership. Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding achievement(s) in the field of nonprofit and voluntary action research and/or significant leadership achievements in the advancement and promotion of such research over an extended period of time.


Submission Platform


Gabriel Rudney Memorial Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research |  Past Recipients

The Outstanding Dissertation is awarded annually for a Ph.D. dissertation completed and/or defended in the three years prior to the award ( 2017, 2018, and 2019). Dissertations that contribute to the advancement of theory, conceptualization, research, or practice closely related to nonprofit organizations or voluntary action are eligible.


Submission platform



Book Awards

ARNOVA is the leading network of researchers, university faculty, and practice leaders who focus on these subjects in their teaching, writing, and policy work. We seek to honor the most impressive work in these areas.

Submissions Platform




Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)

All articles published in 2019 considered automatically; no nominations required


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Best Reviewer for NVSQ

No nominations required


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Best Paper Submission

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


Submissions closed



Best Poster Award  Past Recipients

All posters presented at the ARNOVA Annual Conference are considered for this award.


Proposal Submissions Platform



Proposed research Awards | These awards are to fund future research.

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Early Career Mentoring Program - NEW!

The long-term objective of this Program is to prepare engaged junior scholars and practitioners to be better equipped to make significant contributions throughout their careers to the field of nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations.


Submission Platform


Emerging Scholar Awards

ARNOVA’s Emerging Scholars Award is given to ten (10) applicants annually to recognize the potentials of the next generation of nonprofit scholars and practitioners. This Award is designed to support the efforts of emerging scholars and practitioners to foster dissemination of research into practice and enhance involvement in the creation of usable knowledge.


Submission Platform



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?

Submission Plaform


Graduate Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Workshop

This program focuses on helping emerging scholars from underrepresented groups prepare to enter the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary action studies. The focus of the PDW is on preparing participants who are beginning  master or doctoral level education and research.


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Undergraduate Diversity Scholars and Leaders Professional Development Program

The PDW will introduce participants to the world of non-profit social science research and pathways to higher education. Scholars will also attend panels based on each student’s research interest, will have opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty from underrepresented communities, to learn alongside senior scholars in the field and to participate in an array of social and scholarly conversations.


Submission Platform



Conference Scholarships

ARNOVA Conference Scholarships provide support to assist individuals to attend ARNOVA’s Annual Conference. We especially encourage applications from under-represented minority students, faculty and practitioners, and from our international and United States-based members from diverse disciplines.


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