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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International PhD Candidates
for Scholarly Work in the Social Policy Field

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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

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Grants of $7,500 and additional funding opportunities to USA, Canada, and International PhD candidates to support scholarship in the field of social policy. Grants will be awarded on the basis of merit and funding is unrestricted; awardees may use the grant on their project as needed.

Aim and Mission

  • ​To support emerging scholars through small grants
  • ​To promote scholarship with a social policy application
  • ​To encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences

The foundation supports projects with a social policy application on either a global or local level. 

Applications are evaluated based on the Trustees’ assessment of criteria such as: feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and letters of recommendation. No specific weight is given to any one area. Proposals are evaluated based on the overall merit of all aspects of the application.

Special Awards

Each year, the Trustees issue special monetary awards for the most outstanding project in specific subject-matter areas. These awards cannot be applied for directly, and are only granted at the discretion of the Trustees. Special Award recipients receive an additional $1,500 unless otherwise noted:

  • Donald R. Cressey Award: Criminal Justice and Penology Practices
  • Eli Ginzberg Award: Health and Welfare, particularly in urban settings
  • Harold D. Lasswell Award: International Relations and Foreign Affairs
  • Irving Louis Horowitz Award: Overall most outstanding project. This award carries with it an additional $5,000.
  • John L. Stanley Award: History and Ethics
  • Joshua Feigenbaum Award: Arts, Popular Culture, and Mass Communication
  • Martinus Nijhoff Award: Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Robert K. Merton Award: Addresses the relationship between Social Theory and Public Policy
  • Trustees' Award: For the most innovative approach in theory and/or methodology. This award carries with it an additional $3,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183892

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant is worth a total of $7,500; $5,000 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project.

Special Awards, given for outstanding work in specific disciplinary areas, are worth an additional $1,500, with the exception of:
- Irving Louis Horowitz Award: This award carries with it an additional $5,000.
- Trustees' Award: This award carries with it an additional $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are non-renewable and recipients have five years from announcement of the award to complete their project and claim their final payment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Applicants must be current PhD (or DrPH) candidates who are working on their dissertation.
- Applicants must not have a PhD; those who do, are ineligible.
- Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department.
- Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application is December 1st of each year. Awards are announced by the end of May. Grants are usually administered in June of the year they are decided.

All applicants are automatically eligible for the special awards. Special awards are designated to recipients at the discretion of the trustees based upon the merits of the proposal. Special awards and are not necessarily conferred every year.

Awards are made to individuals, not institutions. If processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is required.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.