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The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related to human origins.

The Leakey Foundation awards over $800,000 in grants annually through our two granting programs.

Our current specific funding priorities include:

  • Paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene.
  • Primates (Old and New World): Evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology, endocrinology, genetics, isotope studies, and modern hunter-gatherer groups.

Leakey Foundation Research Grants

Research Grants are awarded twice annually (in May and December) and constitute the majority of the Foundation’s granting program.

Baldwin Fellowships

The Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships are awarded once annually in May and are intended for students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain education or training from an institution outside of their home country.