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

The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in all 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 is given to projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance.

Candidates may propose new projects or they may solicit support for research in progress, including final work on a dissertation, supplementing research funds for a work in progress, or travel funds.

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