Research Grants up to $25,000 in the US 2019 (Full Funded)

Leakey Foundation
Nonprofit Organization Leakey Foundation
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Research Grants up to $25,000 in the US 2019 (Full Funded)

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Leakey Foundation is offering grants to promising new research related to human origins by PhD students and established scientists for 2019. The Foundation is based in San Francisco, California,  and it is the only US funding organization wholly committed to human origins research and education throughout the world. It promotes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring human origins, as it awards more than $800,000 annually in field and laboratory grants for new research and long-term projects. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy – all but dissertation) and established scientists.
  2. There are no citizenship restrictions; however, all applications must be written in English.
  3. If the primary work of the project with which you are involved will be performed by a graduate student for whom you are the adviser, the project should be submitted under the graduate student’s name, and will be subject to the funding limitations for PhD applicants.
  4. 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.
  5. The Foundation gives special encouragement to early career scientists asking new questions and seeking innovative ways to answer these questions about human evolution.
  6. The Foundation does not award funds to individuals.
  7. Application documents must in PDF format, at least 12 point typeface, at least ½ inch margins. Do not attempt to squeeze more text onto a page by using smaller fonts or margins.


Please consider the following if you are thinking of applying for a Leakey Foundation Research Grant:

  1. Is my research relevant to human origins and evolution?
  2. For PhD candidates: Will I be advanced to candidacy (all but dissertation) before the deadline for application?
  3. Am I affiliated with an academic or research institution?
  4. Am I fully compliant on all prior Leakey Foundation awards?

Grant and Funding:

  1. 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 researchers may be funded up to $25,000.
  2. Suggested major categories include the following: subsistence (food and lodging, per diem), expendable supplies, travel (airfare, local or ground transportation), fees (park or museum), personnel (justify in project description), special analysis costs (C14, SEM, pollen analysis, etc.). 
  3. 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.
  4. Submit a separate budget for project-specific equipment. 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. Applicants are advised to request such items from other granting agencies.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students, Young Professionals, Mid Career Professionals
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Accommodation, Food, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
United States
Required Documents
CV, Research Proposal, Recommendation Letter, others

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Leakey Foundation

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