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2024 Leakey Foundation Baldwin Fellowship for Developing Countries Students

The Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship program for developing countries is based on a realistic assessment of needs and priorities. Many developing nations possess extraordinary resources in the field of prehistory. The stewardship and careful use of these assets is a task of international importance. By enabling bright young scholars to obtain graduate education, the Leakey Foundation is helping to equip these individuals to assume a leadership role in the future of paleoanthropology.

Aim and Benefits 

Awards are limited to two years. The maximum award is limited to $15,000 per year.


Human origins scholars from developing nations seeking advanced degrees (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.) are eligible for Baldwin Fellowships.

If you are thinking of applying for a Baldwin Fellowship ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I enrolled in a M.A., M.S., Ph.D. or equivalent program related to the study of human origins or evolution?
  • Have I been accepted or have a provisional acceptance to a host institution?
  • Do I have financial assistance from the host institution?
  • Do I intend to return and work in my home country upon completion of training?

If your answer is “Yes” to all of the above questions, you will likely be eligible to receive a Baldwin Fellowship.

If you are concerned as to whether your research topic is eligible, contact the Foundation at least a month ahead of the application deadline.

Interview date, Process and Venue 

Selection Criteria: 

Candidates must be prepared to demonstrate:

  • Affiliation and/or employment with an institution in their home country.
  • Provisional acceptance (or evidence of application) to the host institution.
  • Financial assistance from the host institution.
  • Intention to return and work in the home country upon completion of training.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024

How to Apply

For more details, visit Leakey Foundation website.

Application Deadline

  • February 15th – Deadline for new applicants
  • March 1st – Deadline for returning applicants
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