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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy supports the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. Its specific purpose is to provide small grants to aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level to support the research they are undertaking for their project.

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

Criteria for completion include: approval of the dissertation;
acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal;
invitation to write a book chapter based on the research

Grants are non-renewable and recipients have 5 years from announcement of the award to complete their project and claim their final payment.


Current PhD candidates who are working on their dissertation. Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department. We accept applicants from any country and any university in the world. U.S. citizenship or residency is not required.


The foundation targets 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 overall merit of all aspects of the application.

We encourage applicants to look at the kind of projects we have supported in previous years.


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


late January

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: None

Graduate: Doctoral student

Award Type:

Award Period:
Academic Year (Graduate)
Summer (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Social Policy, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology

Additional Qualifications:

Last Updated:
July 10, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17