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Emerging Scholars Award

        Award Amount: Complimentary conference registration and recognition plaque



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.



1. Scholars and practitioners in their first year of appointment in academic or practice positions.

2. Applications can come from a wide variety of fields, but research must be directly relevant to the field of nonprofit and voluntary action studies.

3. Must be an ARNOVA member with an active membership at the time of application.

4. Previous Emerging Scholars Award winners are not eligible to apply.

5. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups, from diverse disciplines, and from our international and United States-based members.


Selection Criteria:

1. Strength of the applicant’s nomination letter.

2. Relevance of applicant’s research area to the field and potential of nonprofit and voluntary action studies.

3. Overall quality of the applicant’s ARNOVA conference proposal.

4. Priority is given to applicants who will present at the ARNOVA conference.



Submission Requirements:

  • A brief nomination letter, from a faculty advisor, or supervisor, or someone who knows your research/work. The statement should introduce the nominee, describe the qualifications for the award, mainly, their potential contribution to the nonprofit scholarship or field of practice, and verify the nominee is in their first year of appointment (academic or practice).
  • A resume, containing a mailing address, email address, and telephone number where you can be reached
  • Copy of the confirmation of the proposal submission to the annual conference

Please note that all submissions must be compiled into one PDF document and uploaded to the application form.




  • Awardees will be responsible for booking their own accommodations. They will be expected to participate in the full 2020 ARNOVA Conference, which runs from November 12-14, 2020.
  • Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships, however they may only accept one.


Submission Open:           February 21, 2020
Extended May 27, 2020
Awardee Notification:      
Extended July 15, 2020






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