Horton Research Grant
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Career Stage
Award Type
Of Note
Application process
Submission Window
January 17 - March 27
Established 1983

Supporting Student Researchers

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

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A research grant not to exceed $10,000 to cover research and travel costs of up to $500 for U.S. and Canadian-based applicants and $1,000 for international applicants. Winners who participate virtually in AGU's annual meeting receive $500 for meeting expenses regardless of their country of residence.
  • An award certificate

Criteria for a Successful Application

Applications are evaluated on the following:
  • 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?

Grant Distribution

Grant recipients will receive payment in two installments. The first installment is presented at AGU’s annual 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. The report must contain the signed approval of the faculty research supervisor.


The applicant must:
  • be an active student member of AGU
  • be enrolled in a doctoral program in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field such as water resources policy science
  • be enrolled in the program for the duration of the award (one year from AGU's annual meeting where the award is presented)
  • meet all application submission requirements
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