The Leakey Foundation Scholarship for International Students from Developing Countries 2017/2018

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Scholarship Name: The Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship

Brief description: The Leakey Foundation offers the Fellowship Research Grants/training for the applicants from developing countries in the field of human origins, including paleoanthropology, primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups to study at Home and host institutions. Eligible countries include Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Republic of Congo

Application Deadline: There are two different deadlines depending on whether you have previously recieved a Baldwin Fellowship:

New Applicants: 15th February 2017

Returning Applicants: 1st March 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Accepted Subject Areas: Human origins, including paleoanthropology, primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups

About Scholarship: The Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship program for developing countries is based on a realistic assessment of needs and priorities. Many developing nations possesses 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.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1978. More than 70 Baldwin Fellowships have been awarded.

Scholarship Type: This award is for a program of approved, advanced special training or studies leading towards an MA or PhD.

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.

Eligibility: 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’re likely to 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.

Number of Scholarship: Several

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

Duration of Scholarship: This award is limited to a program of two years.

Eligible Countries: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Republic of Congo and other developing countries

How can I Apply? Please review the general instructions available here on how to apply.

Sponsors: The Leakey Foundation

Important Notes: If you are wondering whether your research topic is eligible, contact the Foundation at least a month ahead of the application deadline. Email grants (at) leakeyfoundation.org


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