The Leakey Foundation offers the Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships which are intended for scholars and students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain an advanced degree from an institution outside the student’s home country.
This award is for a program of approved special training and/or advanced training towards an MA, MSc, PhD, or equivalent and is limited to two years of support.
Recipients include scholars from the following countries: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Republic of Congo. The program was expanded recently to provide opportunities to scholars from countries other than Africa.
The fellowship is intended for scholars with citizenship in a developing country who seek to obtain an advanced degree or specialized training in an area of study related to human origins research.
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.
Applicants 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.
The applicant must have a home sponsor who is a member of the institution where the applicant is affiliated in the home country, as well as a host sponsor who is a member of the institution which the candidate plans to pursue training.
Should an award be made, the host sponsor must be willing to assume responsibility for overseeing the candidates training.
Citizens who are scholars from the following countries:
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Republic of Congo
All accredited institutions of higher learning outside the student’s home country
Fields of study
Advanced level degrees (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.) in any area of study related to human origins research. Eg Anthropology and Sociology; Scientific research in Human origins – paleoanthropology, primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups; etc.
Number of awards
Not specified by provider, several will be given. Since 1978, more than 70 Baldwin Fellowships have been awarded.
Two (2) years of support will be given
The maximum award is limited to $15,000 per year. Baldwin Fellowships may be used to cover tuition, travel, living expenses, student fees, insurance, books, and other relevant categories of expenditure. Aid is not provided for family expenses or dependent support, salary and/or fringe benefits of the applicant, nor institutional overhead.
Method of Application
To apply to this fellowship, it is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to review the Application Guidelines, access the Application Form and other detailed instructions on how to apply.
Applications must be sent to the Leakey Foundation office:
- as a PDF attachment emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- via real mail
- or both ways
There are two different ANNUAL deadlines depending on whether you have previously received a Baldwin Fellowship: February 15th for New Applicants AND March 1st for Returning Applicants.
Only scholars with citizenship in a developing country are eligible.
The Baldwin program 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.
Application Deadline: 1 March 2017
Open to International students: Yes (Africa & Developing countries)