Grants Overview

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The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related to human origins, including: paleoanthropology; genetics; primate behavior; studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. 

Specific priorities include:

  • Paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene
  • Primates (Old and New World)
    • Evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology, endocrinology, genetics and isotope studies.
    • Modern hunter-gatherer groups.

Other areas of study are generally not funded. 

Research Grants

Our General Research Grant program funds research related specifically to human origins and evolution, including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, ecology and morphology, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. Applicants must have a PhD or be advanced to candidacy (all but dissertation) in a PhD program. The maximum award for PhD Candidates is $15,000 per year. The maximum award for PhDs is $25,000 per year. Click here for more information.

Baldwin Fellowships

Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships are intended for scholars and students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain an advanced degree from an institution outside the student’s home country. This award is for a program of approved advanced special training or studies leading towards an MA or PhD. It is limited to two years of support. The maximum award is limited to $12,000 per year. Click here for more information.