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.

Please note:  The next deadline for applications is January 5th.


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.

Larger grants, especially to senior scientists and post-doctoral students, may be funded up to $25,000. 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 following 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?

How to Apply

Before you begin please review the Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions. To start the process, click on Apply Online.  Please follow the instructions on each page of the application.  At the end of the application you will be asked to upload certain documents.  Specific instructions for these documents as well as templates and other useful information can be found on the Detailed Application Instructions page.


Application Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed Application Instructions (and downloads)

Apply Online