The Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant

In 1982, the Hydrology Section of AGU was granted access to a portion of the income of the Robert E. Horton Fund for Hydrologic Research. This permitted the initiation of the Horton Research Grant for Ph.D. students, with a purpose to promote excellence through encouragement of the next generation of professionals in the hydrological sciences.  The first Horton Research Grant was awarded in 1983.  Each year the grant has been awarded to up to three students during their candidacy for a Ph.D. degree in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field.

Applications Open: 4 February 2019
Applications Close: 15 April 2019
Award Notifications Sent: Congratulations to the 2018 winners!


  • Graduate students are eligible at any point in their doctoral program in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field, with the stipulation that they will be enrolled PhD students throughout the duration of the grant (one year from the Fall Meeting where they receive the award.)  It is expected that one grant will be directed towards a PhD student in the first half of his/her studies.
  • Appropriate topics may be in hydrology (including its physical, chemical, or biological aspects) or in water resources policy sciences (including economics, systems analysis, sociology and law).
  • Those who do not win an award in any given year are eligible to apply again in subsequent years.
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to apply.
  • Applicants and recipients must be active student members of AGU.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged by the selection committee 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 proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  • How clear are the objectives of the proposed work?
  • How well qualified is the proposer to conduct the project?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?
Financial need is not a criterion in the selection of the successful candidate.


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 U.S. & Canada /$1,000 outside of U.S. and Canada). Payment is made directly to the recipients in two installments. The first installment is presented at the AGU 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. The report is due at the office of the Hydrology Section President by 1 June and must contain the signed approval of the faculty research supervisor.
NOTE:  The grants system requires your AGU member login and password.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Please read the Horton Proposal Submission Instructions before submitting your application.


Proposals and supporting letters must be received no later than 15 April 2019 (11:59 PM Eastern Time/3:59 AM GMT). Results will be announced in late June.