The Association for Social Economics strives to reward and encourage scholarship in social economics.  With this aim we have established several grants, awards and best paper prizes.

To support research by promising scholars in the study of social economics, ASE established the William R. Waters Grant. Applications are invited annually in the Fall (typically due November 1) and the recipient(s) are notified in December. Recipients are expected to submit a short report about how the grant was used.

Two other awards also require applications. The Elba Brown-Collier Student Paper Award is presented to the best paper presented at the World Congress for Social Economics by a promising scholar. Applications are solicited whenever a World Congress is held. The Warren Samuels Prize is awarded annually to the authors of a paper presented at the annual ASSA meetings which best exemplifies scholarly work that is of high quality, is important to the project of social economics, and has broad appeal across disciplines. Applications are solicited each fall in relation to the upcoming January ASSA meetings.

Two awards are made by the ASE Executive Council upon recommendation of a subcommittee. The Thomas F. Divine award, named for one of the founders of the Association for Social Economics, is presented annually to an Association member who over a lifetime has made important contributions to social economics and the social economy. The second award, the Ludwig Mai Service Award, is presented to a person who has rendered exceptional service to the Association.

Finally, each of the Association’s two journals present an annual award. The Helen Potter Award is for the best paper published in the Review of Social Economy by a promising scholar in social economics.  The authors of the best paper published in the Forum for Social Economics receives the Patrick J. Welch Award. (The Welch award replaces a former award, called the Springer Award.)

Recipients of all grants and awards are honored at the Presidential Breakfast which takes place at the ASSA meeting in January.