Woman Biological Researcher Taking a Water Sample from a stream.


Student grant in the hydrological sciences

The Horton Research Grant is a grant awarded to Ph.D. students studying hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field. The grant is awarded to up to three students each year. It is funded by the Robert E. Horton Fund for Hydrologic Research to promote excellence through encouraging the next generation of professionals in the hydrological sciences.

Awardees are recognized at the AGU Fall Meeting where they receive a one-year grant (not to exceed $10,000) to cover research costs and related travel expenses ($500 for students in the United States and Canada; $1,000 for international students). Winners who choose to participate virtually in the AGU Fall Meeting will receive $500 for meeting expenses regardless of their country of residence. 

Accepting Applications: 18 January 2023

Application Submission Deadline: 12 April 2023

Man samples glacier water


To be eligible to receive the Horton Research Grant applicants must meet the following criteria. Applicants who do not win an award are encouraged to apply again in subsequent years if they meet the criteria.
  • 1
    Be a current AGU student member
  • 2
    Be an enrolled in a doctoral program in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field such as water resources policy science
  • 3
    Be enrolled in your program through the duration of the award (one year from Fall Meeting where you receive the award)
  • 4
    Meet all submission proposal requirements including CV, executive summary, statement of purpose, budget, and letters of recommendation
  • 5
    You do not need to demonstrate financial need

Selection Criteria

Proposals are judged using criteria adapted from the National Science Foundation:

  • How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
  • To what extent does the activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  • How clear are the objectives of the work?
  • How well qualified is the proposer to conduct the project?
  • How well conceived and organized is the activity?
  • Is there sufficient access to resources?
Catskill Creek in New York

Grant payment

Grant recipients will receive payment in two installments. The first installment is presented at AGU’s Fall Meeting. The second installment is given the following June upon receipt by the Hydrology Section president of a brief progress report.

The progress report should not exceed two pages in length and should (a) summarize the scientific progress on the project, (b) describe the manner in which the first installment funds have been employed, (c) provide a projection for the expenditure of the second installment funds, and (d) provide an update on the overall progress of the thesis and expected graduation date. It is due to the Hydrology Section president by 1 June and must contain the signed approval of the faculty research supervisor

View of waterfall from inside a cave with sunlight


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Research Grants

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