Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant

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The Horowitz Foundation has opened the application for 2014-15 Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant.  This is a great funding opportunity for graduate students seeking grants for dissertation field work and research-related purchases. It is one of the few funding opportunities that does not have any restrictions on applicant’s nationality or residency. I am a 2011-12 recipient, and the award was made to support my dissertation research entitled “Re-control the Market for Strategic Power: China’s Reregulation of Its Rare Earth Industry.” My dissertation project studies the motivation and the capacity of the Chinese state in reregulating its rare earth industry, which produces non-renewable critical minerals vital to high-tech manufacturing and national defense.

I am forwarding the call for application as below:

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. Neither US citizenship nor US residency is required.

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. Applicants are not required to be citizens or residents of the United States. Awards are based solely on merit, not to ensure a representative base of recipients or disciplines.

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. Awards are open only to PhD candidates whose project has received approval from their appropriate department head/university.

Grants are non-renewable. Awards are made to individuals, not institutions, and if processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is requested. Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the Foundation in any publication resulting from their research and are also asked to notify the Foundation. Awards are publicized in appropriate professional media and on the Foundation’s website.

The following categories of proposals are given priority in determining recipients:

  1. Proposals that address large-scale geographical situations, and those with policy applications beyond the research design itself.
  2. Proposals that rely on empirically informed, large sample sizes, often in historically rich time series, that make few presumptions of application.
  3. Proposals that are theoretically rich and emphasize policy issues of broad meaning to the larger public sphere.
  4. Proposals in areas where few previous research applications are currently available.

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