The Horowitz Foundation, as of the 2011 distribution, approves approximately fifteen grants each year, in the amount of $7500 per grant - $5000 initially and an additional $2500 upon reciept of a final report or a copy of the product of their research.
The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference will be given to projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance. Awards are not allocated so as to ensure a representative base of disciplines, but are approved solely on merit.
Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens or U.S. residents. Candidates may propose new projects, and they may also solicit support for research in progress, including final work on a dissertation, supplementing research in progress, or travel funds. Awards are only open to aspiring PhDs at the dissertation level whose project has recieved approval from their apporpriate department head/university.
Grants are normally made for one year on a non-renewable basis. Awards will be made to individuals, not institutions, and if processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is requested. A copy of the product of their research is expected no later than one year after completion. Upon reciept an additional $2500 will be paid. Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the Foundation in any publication resulting from their research. Awards are publicized in appropriate professional media and on the Foundation website, www.horowitz-foundation.org.
The following categories of proposals will be given priority in determining recipients:
- Proposals that address large-scale geographical situations, and those with wider policy applications beyond the research design itself.
- Proposals that rely on empirically informed, large sample sizes, often in historically rich time series, that make few presumptions of application.
- Proposals that are theoretically rich and emphasize policy issues of broad meaning to the larger public sphere.
- Proposals in an early stage where few previous research applications are available at this time.
These are guidelines, not mandates, and are not listed in order of importance. Each proposal will be evaluated on its merit by the Board.