The Leakey Foundation: Research Grants

The Leakey Foundation

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Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 15, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 10, 2020

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins. The majority of The Leakey Foundation’s Research Grants awarded to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range. Larger grants given to senior scientists and post-doctoral students may be funded up to $25,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Advanced doctoral students and established scientists are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants.
    • For PhD candidates: advanced to candidacy (all but dissertation) before the deadline for application.
  • There are no citizenship restrictions; however, all applications must be in English.
  • Must be affiliated with an academic or research institution.
  • Candidates must be fully compliant on all prior Leakey Foundation awards.
  • Small grants cover research expenses directly related and essential to the project (i.e., travel, living expenses during fieldwork, supplies, research assistance, and other relevant expenditures).
  • If the primary work of the project with which you are involved will be performed by a graduate student for whom you are the advisor, the project should be submitted under the graduate student’s name, and will be subject to the funding limitations for PhD Candidates.


  • Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. 


  • Aid is not offered for salary and/or fringe benefits of applicant or senior project personnel, tuition, non-project personnel, child care, equipment, travel to meetings, institutional overhead, publication costs or institutional support.
  •  The purchase of expensive permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, video and recording equipment, vehicles, boats, etc. is not generally funded by the Leakey Foundation.
  • Awards are not made to individuals.