Research Grants

Research Grants are awarded twice annually (in May and December) and constitute the majority of the Foundation’s grant program. The Foundation funds research related specifically to human origins.



Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy - all but dissertation) and established scientists are eligible for general research grants. There are no citizenship restrictions. However, all applications must be in English.


The majority of The Leakey Foundation’s Research Grants to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range.  Please note:  This number reflects a change from $13,500 to $15,000 for our Fall 2014 cycle.

Larger grants, especially to senior scientists and post-doctoral students, may be funded up to $25,000. Please note:  This number reflects a change from $22,000 to $25,000 for our Fall 2014 cycle. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation.

Please consider the below if you are thinking of applying for a General Research Grant:

  • Is my research relevant to human origins and evolution?
  • For Ph.D candidates: Will I be advanced to candidacy (all but dissertation) before the deadline for application?
  • Am I affiliated with an academic or research institution? We do not award funds to individuals.
  • Am I fully compliant on all prior Leakey Foundation awards?

For more information please refer to the links below:

Application Guidelines

Detailed Application Instructions (and downloads)

Apply Online

Frequently Asked Questions

Recent Grantees