General Research Grants (to support research into human origins)

Funding Agency:
Leakey Foundation

The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related 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’s Research Grants awarded to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range with a funding limit of $20,000. Larger grants given to senior scientists and post-doctoral researchers may be funded up to $30,000. As of May 2022, the funding limits have increased to $20,000 for PhD candidates and $30,000 for senior scientists and post-doctoral researchers.

Deadlines: Jan. 10; Jul. 15

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy – all but dissertation) and established scientists are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants. There are no citizenship restrictions; however, all applications must be in English.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 15, 2024