The San Francisco-based Leakey Foundation is dedicated to increasing scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications from investigators for promising new research related to human origins in the areas of paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, and/or the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers.
In light of the potential short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation requests that applicants have a formal one-page contingency plan for adjusting their projects as needed. Changes can include modified start dates for travel, fieldwork or data collection; alternative data collection strategies; alternative field sites; and/or alternative methods for recruitment and engagement of participants, as well as any other potential modifications to research and development activities (including IRB/IACUC approvals/changes).
Most grants will range between $3,000 and $15,000, though larger grants of up to $25,000 may be awarded to senior scientists and postdoctoral students.
Eligible applicants must be affiliated with a school or research institution and hold a PhD or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline, or be enrolled in a doctoral program with all degree requirements fulfilled other than the thesis/dissertation. There are no citizenship restrictions.
See the Leakey Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.