Leakey Foundation’s Grants Program for Research on Humankind [Grant upto Rs 10 Lakh]: Apply by July 15: Expired

The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins.
Please consider the following if you are thinking of applying for a Leakey Foundation Research Grant:

  • Is my research relevant to human origins and evolution?
  • For PhD candidates: Will I be advanced to candidacy (all but dissertation) before the deadline for application?
  • Am I affiliated with an academic or research institution?
  • Am I fully compliant on all prior Leakey Foundation awards? 
    Please note that the Grant is not for individuals.

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.
The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically 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 (INR 2 to 10 Lakh) range. Larger grants given to senior scientists and post-doctoral students may be funded up to $25,000.
The deadlines for research grant applications is July 15th.  All submissions and re-submissions are due on this date.
How to Apply:
Leakey Foundation is currently upgrading  systems; therefore, they have removed the links to the online application. The new system ought to be implemented by mid-June. In the meantime, you may use the detailed application instructions as well as the application guidelines and FAQs to prepare the attachments that you will upload to your new application once the system is live. These attachments include the following:
Proposal Body
Detailed Project Budget
Budget Justification
Letters of Recommendation
You may email the grants department at

  • leakeyfoundation.org or,
  • grants@leakeyfoundation.org
For more information, visit the original website here.


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