Apply Now: 2022 Horowitz Foundation Grants for Social Policy

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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

Sponsored by the Horowitz Foundation

The Horowitz Foundation 2022 application cycle is now open!

Aim and Mission

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


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:

  1. Acceptance and approval of their dissertation;

  2. Acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal; or

  3. Invitation to write and publish a book chapter based on the research.

Grants are non-renewable and recipients have five years from 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, 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


  • 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.


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 overall merit of all aspects of the application.

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


  • Awards are made to individuals, not institutions. If processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is required.
  • Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the foundation in any publication resulting from their research and should notify the foundation with publication details.
  • Grants are issued immediately on receipt of an acceptance letter from the recipient. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the grant does not conflict with other funding they have secured. Grants are usually administered in June of the year they are decided.
  • Grant recipients will be publicized on the foundation’s website, in appropriate professional media, and a press release to university media offices.

How to Apply

All eligible applications must be submitted by this years deadline, December 1, 2022, including letters of recommendation. 

Awards for 2022 will be announced in June, 2023.

Best of luck to this years applicants!

Apply Now

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