Government and Nonprofit Section Doctoral Activities

Government and Nonprofit Section Doctoral Dissertation Grants

The GNP Section sponsors a competitive dissertation grant program to help defray certain costs (up to $1,500) for individuals conducting dissertation research on governmental and nonprofit topics. An applicant must be a doctoral candidate with a major or emphasis in accounting from any doctoral granting institution in the United States of America or foreign country. Applications must be received by April 15.
The grant application should include:

  1. An application letter explaining the nature of the project, current stage of the project, estimated completion date, how the award of a dissertation grant would contribute to the project, the nature of other grants received for the dissertation, and contact information (address, phone and e-mail).
  2. A budget detailing the items and amounts for which funding is requested;
  3. A copy of the dissertation proposal;
  4. A letter from the dissertation chairperson stating the proposal has been defended and accepted, or if not yet defended, that a firm commitment exists to permit the applicant to proceed with the proposed dissertation.

Requested funds may be used to defray or reimburse costs directly related to and necessary for completion of the dissertation. Included among the authorized purposes for grant funding is travel to collect data, purchase of data, and preparation and mailing of questionnaires. With adequate justification other costs essential to completion of the dissertation, such as coding of data and data entry, may also be considered for funding. Funds will not be provided for such costs as tuition and fees, computer use charges, word processing, and printing and binding the dissertation. In addition, grant funds will not be provided for purchase of computer hardware or software.

Email the application letter and attachments to:

Doctoral Program Liaison
Erica Harris
Villanova University
erica.harris@villanova.edu

Email submissions are preferred. If you have further questions you can contact Erica at erica.harris@villanova.edu.

President's Letter


Dear GNP Members:

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as President of the Government and Nonprofit (GNP) Section this year and look forward to working with each of you. I became involved in the GNP Section about ten years ago, and this group has been my tribe – providing encouragement, help, and a dose of humor when needed. I am grateful for the opportunities provided by and relationships formed in this Section, and want to help facilitate those kinds of opportunities and relationships for those of you who are beginning your journey in the GNP Section. To that end, please know that I welcome and encourage your comments and suggestions.

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Midyear Meeting

Save the Date March 8-9, 2019!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting will be held in Norwalk, Connecticut at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board offices.

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Since its formation in 1984, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has encouraged academics and other researchers to conduct studies that would be relevant to the GASB’s standards-setting activities. Over the past 30 years, such research efforts have resulted in publishing their research in research briefs, journal articles, and occasionally in GASB research reports.

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