Leakey Foundation: General Research Grants 2016

The Leakey Foundation provides grants to foster research into human origins.

The Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins, including:

  • paleoanthropology,
  • genetics,
  • primate behaviour, and
  • studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups.


Grants to doctoral students are in the USD $3,000 to $15,000 range (approx AUD $4,000 –  $20,000). Larger grants, especially to senior scientists and post-doctoral students, may be funded up to USD $25,000 (approx AUD $33,000). Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation.


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.

Submission Requirements

Further Information

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