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Call for Applications for Best Dissertation - deadline February 15th, 2019.


The Best Dissertation Award Selection Committee for the Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division of the Academy of Management requests nominations for the Division's 2019 Best Dissertation Award.

This dissertation award recognizes important academic work and high-quality intellectual contributions to the PNP fields. Nominated dissertations that make contributions to the understanding of management in the public and nonprofit arenas will be considered. The 2019 Best Dissertation Award winner will receive an award of $500 (USD).

Only dissertations defended during the 2018 calendar year (1/1/2018-12/31/2018) are eligible for consideration. Nominations should include two items: (1) An electronic copy of the dissertation (PDF preferred), and (2) An electronic copy of a nomination letter (PDF preferred) from the dissertation committee chair or another committee member. Nominations are due by February 15th, 2019. Please send nominations to

Apply now for the 2019 Penn Summer Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program!


The University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership Program and the Center for Social Impact Strategy invite graduate student researchers to apply for the 2019 Penn Summer Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program.


About: Facilitated by Professor Peter Frumkin, the doctoral fellows program will explore emerging issues in the world of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, social enterprise, and international civil society. The program will be held June 3-25, 2019 on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania. This is an intensive research seminar in which students present draft research papers and then work collaboratively to help improve and refine each other’s research. Students are required to submit a draft research paper that they would like to develop and prepare for publication during the program. Housing near the Penn campus and $3,000 stipends are provided to all 2019 Summer Fellows.


Eligibility: Graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs in all fields.


Submission deadline: March 15, 2019


Submission requirements: Send your resume and a draft research paper (unpublished) on a topic related to any aspect of social impact to Maeve Flynn (


Admissions decisions will be announced in April.


The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2019.

This fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share on your listserv, newsletter, or website the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. 

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website: 


The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University is delighted to announce opportunities for fully-funded PhD scholarships, across a range of themes.


We are looking for outstanding applicants for ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships, as well as scholarships funded by Sheffield Hallam University, across all areas of CRESR’s expertise (see:, in particular in the following themes:


  1. Environmental sustainability and energy
  2. Housing
  3. Labour markets and welfare reform
  4. Spatial disadvantage
  5. Voluntary and Community Sector
  6. Infrastructure and cities


Under (5) Voluntary and community sector, we welcome proposals for qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods studies from a range of theoretical perspectives that seek to explore the varied roles, experiences and value of the voluntary and community sector at the nexus of policy, communities and multiple disadvantage, including linked (but not limited) to the following:


  • Public service markets and social investment
  • Procurement, commissioning and policy governance
  • The role of the sector in mitigating the effects of welfare reform
  • Campaigning, advocacy and policy influence
  • The changing role of the voluntary sector’s infrastructure 
  • Management, leadership, governance and accountability of voluntary and community organisations


Successful applicants will receive the additional benefits of involvement with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership pathway on Civil Society, Development and Democracy.


For further information about undertaking a PhD in this area please contact Dr. Rob Macmillan ( / 0114 225 2929).


More information about PhD themes and how to apply can be found here:

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