The mission of The Leakey Foundation is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival.
The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds 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.
Upper $25,000USD Lower $3,000USD
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.
A total of 61 grants were awarded in 2019.
Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy – all but dissertation) and established scientists are eligible. There are no citizenship restrictions; however, all applications must be in English.