The Doctoral Fellows Program supports academic and field-based research about innovative non-profit and social impact initiatives.

CSIS operates an annual summer Doctoral Fellows Program open to a highly select group of PhD students from around the world.

Under the direction of Peter Frumkin, top doctoral students work on their own research in nonprofit management, volunteerism, international civil society, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropic studies. At the conclusion of the experience, doctoral fellows will have produced papers ready for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The Center’s fellowship continues to be a key stepping stone for the best new scholarly talent, with a ten year history of programmatic success under Dr. Peter Frumkin.

Apply now for the Summer 2019 Program!

About: The program will be held June 3-26, 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 [CLOSED]

Submission requirements: Send your resume and a draft research paper (unpublished) on a topic related to any aspect of social impact to Maeve Flynn (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

View past research papers, 2008-2017

Class of 2017

Alexandra Gaidos
University of Montpellier
Exploring Social Innovation Through Incubators’ Lenses
ChiaKo Hung
Arizona State University
What If We Are Not That Close: Members’ Decisions Not to Give to Professional Associations
Yuan (Daniel) Cheng Exploring the Role of Nonprofits in Public Service Provision: Moving from Co-production to Co-governance
Jessica Haynie
North Carolina State University
Moving Beyond the Numbers: Evidence that Financial Ratios Don’t Predict Nonprofit Outputs
Sophie Hersberger-Langloh
University of Basel
Between Donors and Beneficiaries: Towards a Theory of Dynamic Two-Sided Markets
Sebastian Seidel
Hertie School of Governance
History Matters: The emergence of Germany’s welfare associations – origins, founding ideals, and relevance for the nonprofit sector
Yuan Tian The Effects of Different Levels of Similarity on Charitable Donations: A Lab Experiment

Class of 2016

Abhishek Bhati
University of Nebraska
The Determinants of Success in Online Giving
Yusun Cho
University of Southern California
Intermediaries as Capacity Builders
Mohammad Habibpoura Social Capital, Donations, and the Provision of Public Goods
Jun Han
University of Oxford
Social Marketization and Policy Change in China
Ji Ma
Indiana University
State Control and Elite Autonomy: A Network of Chinese Foundations
Diarmuid McDonnell
University of Sterling
Financial Risks in the Non Profit Sector: A Regulatory Perspective
Maria Wathen
University of Michigan
Civic Cultural Frameworks



Class of 2015

Maoz Brown
University of Chicago
Cooperation, Coordination, and Control in the Voluntary Human Services: A New Perspective on Market Developments in the American Nonprofit Sector
Anthony DeMattee
Indiana University
A Salary Bubble in the Republic of NGOs? Complicating Theories of Labor Donation with the Case of Haiti
Ekaterina Ivanova
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Associations in Transition: The Business of Russian Civil Society
Marcelo Marchesini
University at Albany
Spatial Analysis of Nonprofits in Brazil: Following Needs, Money, or the Crowd?
Sara Pilgreen
University of California, Los Angeles
How Nonprofit Human-Service Organizations in the Neighborhood of Concentrated Poverty: A Case Study from Los Angeles
Leah Reisman
Princeton University
Managing Amidst Mosaic_Jan17
Aleksandra Szymanska
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Bankruptcy in Belgian Social Purpose Companies: An Analysis of Financial, Environmental and Institutional Factors


Class of 2014

Arjen deWit
VU University Amsterdam    
A longitudinal analysis of government expenditures, fundraising and charitable donations in the Dutch voluntary sector
Sabith Khan
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The Secularization of Muslim-American Giving and New Styles of Community Building by Arab-Americans
Mirae Kim
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Does Revenue Diversification Really Matter? The Power of Commercial and Donative Distinction in the Nonprofit Arts
Bethany Slater
University at Albany
In Kind or in Cash? The Effectiveness of Public and Private Support of Nonprofit Food Provision
Amanda Stewart
American University
Understanding nonprofit professionalization: Common concepts and new directions for research
Rachel Wright
Stanford University
Can Nonprofits Lead a Movement for Economic Justice?


Class of 2013


Angela Addae
University of Arizona
Pathways to Sector Selection: A Conceptual Framework for Social Entrepreneurs
Theresa Anasti
University of Chicago
The Representative Role of Community Based Organizations: Characteristics Associated with Involvement in Participatory Processes
Mindy Chen
University of California, Los Angeles
A New Frontier of Immigrant Labor Organizing: Explaining Worker Center Presence in 2011
Zachariah Rodgers
Stanford University
Good form? Organizational Form, Social and Financial Performance in Microfinance
Lonneke Roza
Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Costs and benefits of involving corporate volunteers in NPOs
Thomas Scheuerle
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
How social value is created on markets – A taxonomy of market-based strategies by social entrepreneurs
Joannie Tremblay-Boire
University of Washington
Change Can Be Good: A New Perspective on Mission Drift

Class of 2011

Fredrik Andersson
University of Missouri
Social Entrepreneurship as a Relational Concept: Testing an Interactive Model
Sarah Dury
Free University of Brussels
Social Ties, Volunteering and Civic Life
David Gastwirth
University of Southern California
Executive Change and Nonprofit Performance: An Empirical Test
Christina Giannopoulou
Athens University of Economics and Business
Leading for Impact: Learning, Innovation, and Effectiveness in Greek Nonprofit Organizations
Marlene Walk University of Pennsylvania Expectations and Experiences of Young Nonprofit Employees: Toward a Typology


Class of 2010

Susan Appe
SUNY Albany
A Trellis for Nonprofits? The Growth of Government Civil Society Registries
Lewis Faulk
Georgia State University & GIT
Edifice Complex: Building Ownership and Financial Strength of Nonprofit Theaters
Parissa Jahromi
Stanford University
What Motivates Youth Civic Involvement?
Avishag Rudich-Cohn
Hebrew University
Philanthropic Giving through Municipalities in Israel – an alternative or a threat to the future of philanthropy
Jurgen Willems
Free University Brussels
Don’t change a winning team,…Or Should You? The Impact of Social Interactions Among Nonprofit Leaders On Organizational Effectiveness
Nathaniel Wright
University of Kansas
Revitalizing American Cities: Do Community Development Corporations Matter?

Class of 2009

Erica Coslor University of Chicago Art Investment Collections:A New Model for Museum Finance?
Sondra Barringer
University of Arizona
Assessing the Structure of Organizational Fields: Multilevel Latent Class Analysis as a Tool for Institutional Analysis
Olena Verbenko
University of Chicago
Corporate Philanthrophy: Are Corporations Strategic in Their Philanthropic Practices?
Lindsey McDougle
University of San Diego
Getting to Know You: Awareness and Confidence in the Nonprofit Sector
Tamitha Walker
Rutgers University
Costs and benefits of involving corporate volunteers in NPOs
Jasmine McGinnis
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Young and Restless: Generation Y in the Nonprofit Workforce
John Ronquillo
University of Georgia
Drawing Lines, Spanning Boundaries: Managerial Perceptions of Innovation Value in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Class of 2008

Rebecca Nesbitt
Indiana University Bloomington
Soldiers to Citizens: The Link between Military Service and Volunteering
Celeste Benson
University of Wisconsin at Madison
The Politics of Need and Politics of Politics: Exploring the Motives of Donative Actors to Social Service Nonprofit Organizations in a Highly Politicized Field
Helen Liu
Indiana University Bloomington
The Safety Net as a Network
Kristen Hopewell
University of Michigan
Global Governance and the Structuring of Global Civil Society: the Field of Transnational Advocacy and the WTO
Evgeny Firsov
Harvard University
A New Analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility
Christopher Gauthier
University of Michigan
Constructing Meaning Through Service: Beyond Beliefs and Actions
Lindsey Peterson
Ohio State University
Who gets USAID Democracy Assistance?: Thinking About Foreign Aid in a Global Society



Graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs in all fields.

Program Dates:

June 3-25, 2019

Submission Requirements:

A resume, a draft research paper (unpublished) on a topic related to the nonprofit sector, and an abstract. Send to

Submission Deadline:

March 15, 2019


Please email Maeve Flynn,

Submit your Application