$30,000 Leakey Foundation 2023 The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship

Written by David on December 8, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    1003 B OReilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129 / Phone: 415.561.4646 Fax: 415.561.4647

By providing financial assistance to East African researchers and students who are pursuing research in these areas, the Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund aims to expand human knowledge and the scientific community’s interest in earth sciences and botany related to the origins of humans. This will be accomplished by encouraging further study in these fields. Additionally, the money will be used to support research that expands upon the work done by Dr. Francis H. Brown and helps institutions and nations in East Africa develop their capabilities in the fields of earth and botanical sciences.

A geologist by the name of Frank Brown conducted research on the Omo-Turkana basin. This research serves as the foundation for the timeline of human evolution. His work on mapping and evaluating the geology of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia spanned more than fifty years, and it was thanks to his efforts that it became possible to arrange fossil discoveries in chronological order.


About the Scholarship Sponsor:

The Leakey Foundation’s mission is to further the scientific understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival while also educating students and the general public about these topics. The Leakey Foundation provides funding for fieldwork in the field of primatology as well as other research concerning the origins of humans. The Leakey Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are devoted to financing scientific research into the diverse aspects of human origins and to sharing the findings through our innovative educational projects. These two goals are inextricably linked. We are the only funding organization in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to human origins research and education, and our headquarters are in San Francisco, in the state of California. The grant will also support research that expands on the work done by Dr. Francis H. Brown and increases the capability of universities in East African countries to do research in the fields of earth and botanical sciences.

The Leakey Foundation supports the idea that research into human origins should take an all-encompassing approach. Each year, we award grants totaling over one million dollars to be used for vital new research as well as programs that will last for a longer period of time. Young scientists who are in the early stages of their careers and who are asking unique questions regarding human evolution and searching for novel approaches to address those questions receive further encouragement from us. Dr. Louis S.B. Leakey, a forerunner in the scientific community and a passionate supporter of public engagement with research, established the Foundation in 1968 so that it could support his work. According to our understanding, science can be stimulated and advanced by public outreach and education, which is consistent with the ideals of Louis Leakey. Our dedication to these goals is made clear by the fact that our outreach and educational initiatives, which are designed to give members of the general public the opportunity to learn about scientific advances firsthand, are currently underway. Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey was a well-known anthropologist and a dedicated advocate for the dissemination of scientific knowledge and engagement with the general population in the 20th century.


During Dr. Leakey’s visits to the United States in the 1960s to lecture and collect money for his research, he came across a group of enthusiastic individuals who were curious about human origins and evolution. These folks were enthused about the topic of human origins and evolution. They were motivated to do so by the concepts presented by Dr. Leakey, which resulted in the formation of a group with the goal of advancing research into human origins through a multidisciplinary lens. In 1968, they formed The Leakey Foundation in order to provide financial support for the fieldwork conducted by Louis and Mary Leakey as well as the ground-breaking studies conducted by young scientists such as Jane Goodall, Don Johanson, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas.

During its first decade of operation, The Leakey Foundation provided funding for a significant number of studies that contributed to the expansion of our knowledge of the prehistory of the human race. The Leakey Foundation has continued to support pioneering research carried out by a variety of scientists, including Zeresenay Alemseged, Jill Pruetz, Dan Lieberman, Frederick Grine, and Sileshi Semaw, amongst others. Several of the most renowned human origins researchers working today received financial support from the Leakey Foundation.


The Leakey Foundation was established with the goals of promoting public outreach and education as its cornerstones. What started out as a method to assist the research that Louis and Mary Leakey were conducting has evolved over the years to cover a wide range of activities. Since its inception, the Annual Speaker Series on Human Origins has offered attendees the chance to interact directly with some of the world’s most eminent authorities on the subject of human origins. In recent years, the Leakey Foundation has been successful in broadening its scope of influence by initiating new projects, such as the Origin Stories podcast, our YouTube channel, and an extensive presence on the internet and in social media.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  The Leakey Foundation

Scholarship Country:  San Francisco, USA

Scholarship Worth:  $30,000

Scholarship Type:  PhD

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • The annual grant amount cannot exceed $30,000, regardless of the number of applicants.


Eligibility for Scholarship

  • Students or researchers of African heritage who are citizens of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Djibouti, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, or Eritrea and who either (a) are pursuing a graduate degree at an accredited university, preferably from, but not limited to, an institution located in sub-Saharan Africa or (b) have completed their doctoral degrees not more than ten (10) years prior to the time of application for funding from this source are eligible for consideration.
  • Research in the fields of earth sciences and/or botany, particularly as it relates to the origins of humans, is required of applicants.
  • The applicants need to show that they are dedicated to pursuing a career in their area of study, preferably with a focus on research and teaching in their home country after they have completed their degree.
  • You will be required to provide any necessary attachments to your application at various points along the process. Please make sure to follow the steps outlined in the accompanying instructions for each of the attachments. PDF files are required to be uploaded for all of the attachments, with the exception of the applicant’s photo.
  • Proposal Body
  • Please detail your plans to pursue further education or training, your areas of research interest, your professional aspirations, and the career opportunities available to you in your home country. Please keep this attachment to no more than three pages, with a single space between each page, and a typeface size of 12 points.
  • Detailed Proposal Budget
  • If you would like to download the Budget Worksheet, please click here.


Undergraduates at Leeds University in the United Kingdom can apply for a scholarship for the 2023–2024 school year. In an effort to inspire all students to continue their study, the University of Leeds is looking for exceptional students who can participate in research across the Mathematics department and are inspired to pursue higher education.



The Leakey Foundation 2023 The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit an application, please visit the Leakey Foundation’s webpage on GrantRequest.com.
  • Two times per year, submissions of assistance proposals will be welcomed. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 10 for awards that will be presented in May and July 15 for awards that will be presented in December.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for Leakey Foundation 2023 The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship is January 10, 2023

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