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 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding human origins research and sharing the results of this research through innovative educational programs.
We are based in San Francisco, California, and we are the only American funding organization wholly committed to human origins research and education.
The Leakey Foundation promotes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring human origins. We award more than $1,00,000 annually in grants for vital new research and long-term projects.
We give special encouragement to early-career scientists asking new questions and finding innovative ways to learn about human evolution. We also provide funding for graduate students from countries with limited academic opportunities to earn advanced degrees in fields like genetics, paleoanthropology, and primatology.