The William R. Waters Research Grant was established in 1999 in honor of William R. Waters, editor of the Review of Social Economy for many years and President of ASE in 1987. The grant was first awarded for Summer 2000. The purpose of the William R. Waters Research Grant Program is to inspire scholars to organize their research in social economics and social economy along the lines suggested by William Waters in his 1988 presidential address to the Association for Social Economics.
The research grant is for promising graduate students in Ph.D. programs who have not yet completed their dissertation, those holding post-doctoral positions, and for new faculty members who have not
yet been granted tenure or who are tenured but have not yet achieved the rank of Associate
Professor (or its equivalent outside the US).
The deadline for submitting applications for the William R. Waters Research Grant is Sunday,
November 1, 2020. The grant will be disbursed in January and is intended to support research
undertaken in 2021. The grant can be very beneficial to scholars beginning their career.
Please click on the link for application instructions and further information about the grant.
The Association for Social Economics offers a research grant in an amount of up to $5,000 to promote
research in social economics and the social economy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
the role of social values in economic life, economic policy and social wellbeing, social capital, social
norms, social networks, human capabilities, workplace policies and social justice, corporate social
responsibility, socially responsible investment, microfinance, ethics and economics, poverty,
inequality, and policies related to health, education, and welfare.
In order to advance the careers of promising new scholars in particular, applicants for the Waters
grant must be graduate students in PhD programs who have not yet completed their dissertation,
postdoctoral researchers or faculty members (tenured or untenured) below the rank of Associate
Professor (or its equivalent outside the U.S.).
To apply for the grant, the following materials need to be submitted by Sunday, November 1, 2020:
1. A completed cover sheet (Please click here and scroll down for the document)
2. A 4 to 5 page narrative (in 12 pt Times New Roman font single-spaced) explaining the
a. The purpose of the project: What will be learned from the research to be undertaken,
and what will be its contribution to knowledge? What are the expected outputs from
b. A description of the research project to be undertaken, including the issues to be
examined, the research methods to be employed (this needs to be sufficiently
detailed), and why this constitutes innovative work in comparison to the available
evidence in the field.
c. The relationship of the project to social economics: What conceptual frameworks,
topical concerns, and/or empirical methodologies drawn from social economics wil be used in the present project? How is the project expected to contribute to social
d. The plan of work: Include a timetable for the project, resources to be used, travel
e. The estimated budget: Indicate all costs that would be covered by the grant (e.g.,
travel expenses, research costs, summer stipend, etc.)
3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae
4. Two letters of recommendation: For students, one letter should be from their dissertation
Enquiries and application materials including letters of recommendation should be sent by e-mail
with the subject line “Application for the William R. Waters Research Grant” to Paul Makdissi at