Grants for Social Policy Doctoral Researches Funding from Horowitz Foundation

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An open call to all Ph.D. researchers to apply for Horowitz foundation's social policy award that aims at; supporting emerging scholars through small grants, promoting scholarship with a social policy application, and encouraging projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences.


  1. Applicants must be current Ph.D. candidates who are working on their dissertation.
  2. Applicants must not have a Ph.D.; those who do, are ineligible.
  3. Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department.
  4. Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required.

Required Documents:

  1. Project Overview - a brief snapshot.                                             
  2. Project - 750-word description.
  3. CV.
  4. 2 Letters of Recommendation.

Evaluation Criteria:

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 anyone area. Proposals are evaluated based on the overall merit of all aspects of the application.


Grants are based solely on merit. Each is worth a total of $7,500; $5,000 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project.

For grant recipients to be entitled to their second installment, they must show evidence of one of the following:

  • Acceptance and approval of their dissertation.
  • Acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Invitation to write and publish a book chapter based on the research.

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

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. Irving Louis Horowitz Award Overall most outstanding project, this award carries with it an additional $5,000. Trustees' Award For the most innovative approach in theory and/or methodology, this award carries with it an additional $3,000.

About Horowitz:

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy supports research in the social sciences with a social policy focus through grants to Ph.D. candidates.

The Horowitz Foundation approves approximately fifteen grants each year, in the amount of $7500 per grant ($5000 initially and an additional $2500 upon completion of the project). The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in all major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Social Sciences, Sociology, Studying

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students
Partial funding
Opportunity Coverage
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
CV, Research Proposal, Recommendation Letter

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Psychology and Sociology
Educational Level
Required Languages
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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

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