The Leakey Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to funding scientific research that explores the many facets of human origins and sharing the results of this research through our innovative educational programs. Its mission is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. Further, the foundation promotes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring human origins. Hence, The Leakey Foundation provides more than $800,000 Research grants annually in field and laboratory grants for vital new research and long-term projects. Moreover, it gives special encouragement to early career scientists asking new questions and seeking innovative ways to answer these questions about human evolution. Like venture capitalists, The Leakey Foundation understands that the greatest rewards come from taking the greatest risks.
Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy – all but dissertation) and established scientists are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants. There are no citizenship restrictions. International Students may apply for the research grants. However, all applications must be in English.
The Leakey Foundation exclusively provide grants for research related specifically to human origins. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. The majority of The Leakey Foundation Research Grants awarded to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range. Furthermore, Senior scientists and post-doctoral students may receive a large grant up to $25,000.
We now only accept applications through our online system. Please click here for links to the application.
You will require to submit a formal application for Research Grants. If you are concerned as to whether your research topic is eligible, contact the Foundation at least a month ahead of the application deadline. The relevance of your project to understanding human origins must be explicit throughout your application.
Contact the Foundation office to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. Complete the formal application in English.
Your application must be legible and reproducible. All PDF sections of your application must adhere to the following guidelines. All applicants must use the following formatting instructions.
Applications which do not comply with these instructions will not be accepted for review:
The deadlines for research grant applications are January 10th and July 15th. All submissions and resubmissions are due on this date.