Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants

​The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy awards small grants to promote scholarship with a social policy application on a global or local level. They encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences. PhD candidates from any country and any university in the world who have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department are eligible. U.S. citizenship or residency is not required. Each grant is worth $7,500; $5,000 is awarded initially, $2,500 upon project completion. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and recommendation letters.The application deadline is December 1st of each year. Awards are announced by the end of May.

Special Awards are offered for the most outstanding research project in their subject-matter area. 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 (an additional $5,000 award)
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

Former Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grantees:
2010: Eva Rosen, “The End of Poverty, or the Rise of the Vertical Ghetto? Post-public housing spatial concentration and youth in Baltimore”
2009: Ann Owens, “Hidden Costs: The Plight of Urban Neighborhoods in the Face of Housing Policy Changes,” Eli Ginzberg Award
2008: Van Tran, “Why Inequality Persists: Race, Class and Assimilation in Multi-Ethnic America”
2007: Christopher Bail, “Terrified: Counter-Terrorism Policy and Collective Memory in the United States and Great Britain”
2005: Patrick Sharkey, “Social Isolation and Neighborhood Mobility over Childhood,” Robert K. Merton Award​