The Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development (for Graduate Students)


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One to two new scholarships are usually awarded each year following a review of eligible and complete applications.

Qualified candidates should contact to request an application.


The Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development was established in memory of Richard Horovitz, a Ford Foundation program officer who died in 1991.

The Horovitz Fund is dedicated to African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. A one-time award is granted to one or two students for graduate study for a 12 month period.


To be eligible for the Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Be a graduate student, researcher or artist in a program at an accredited U.S. university, cultural or artistic institution (on a F or J visa)
  • Specialize in the humanities or social sciences
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, by transcripts and letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Not be currently funded by an established education grant program (this last is particularly important; for example, a Fulbright grantee could not also be a Horovitz grantee)

Available Funding:

The amount of the award varies from year to year depending on the endowment’s market performance, but normally ranges from $6,000 to $12,000.

Link to Full RFP: