The Association for Institutional Thought

Graduate Students

The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) exists in part to assist graduate students who have an interest in heterodox economics, as well as undergraduates who are considering studies in a pluralistic graduate program.

Our members will go out of our way to assist in however we can, whether it be about teaching, the job market, publishing, getting tenure, or just talking heterodox economics.   You are invited to ask questions through the forums on our website or contact any of the officers, so that we can match your area of interest with other AFIT scholars. To post topics in our forums you will need to register a user account.

Life as a heterodox economist isn’t always easy, but you are not alone.  You have a whole community of scholars with whom you can discuss, argue, vent, or seek advice.  We are here, and we’re not going anywhere.


The Association for Institutional Thought
12th Annual Student Scholars Award Competition

The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) is proud to announce its Twelfth Annual AFIT Student Scholars Award Competition.  This competition seeks to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research topics in the field of Evolutionary-Institutional Economics.  As a professional association, AFIT “… is devoted to encouraging and fostering the development of institutional thought in extension and modification of the contributions of Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, Clarence Ayers, John Commons, Wesley Mitchell and others.”   Also included are the contributions of Karl Polanyi, Gunnar Myrdal, Hyman Minsky, John Kenneth Galbraith among others. Competing researchers are encouraged to submit papers that carry on and further advance this tradition in Evolutionary-Institutional Economics.  

Awards will be given to what are selected as the best three student papers drawn from the pool of submissions.  Winners are then expected to present their research findings during a special session at the 38th Annual Meeting of AFIT that is scheduled to be held as part of the 59th annual conference of the Western Social Science Association Conference (WSSA). The conference will be held from April 12-15, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA.


Each of the three winners will receive:

  • $300.00 prize
  • One year student membership in AFIT
  • Paid WSSA Conference Registration
  • Paid Admission to the AFIT Banquet and Presidential Address

In order to be awarded the prize, winning papers need to be presented by the student at the special AFIT session.  Acknowledgements will be offered during the AFIT Banquet scheduled for the early evening of Thursday, April 13, 2017. 


Application Procedures and Deadlines

To enter into this competition, the person submitting needs to be identifiable as having student status.  Submitted papers need to run between 15 and 25 pages (4,000-7,000 words), including references and appendices.  An entry into this competition needs to include a title page with the paper’s title, author’s name, educational affiliation, and an email address.  Papers should be submitted electronically, preferably as a pdf file, by December 20, 2016.   Winners of previous competitions can be found at the AFIT website

Please send your papers to:

Rojhat Avsar

Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605


Papers of previous winners can be found at: