Leakey Foundation Francis H. Brown Scholarship at African Institutions in Africa 2020


Leakey Foundation Francis H. Brown Scholarship application process at African Institutions in Africa. Learn the best way to apply for the Leakey Foundation Francis H. Brown Scholarship for the academic year  2020/2021, via African Institutions Scholarship Portal.

If you are reading this, it means you have heard about the Leakey Foundation Francis H. Brown Scholarship 2020.

In this article, we are going to systematically outline the right way to apply for the Leakey Foundation Francis H. Brown Scholarship for interested and qualified applicants.

Scholarship Description

The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship award is quite a required resource for aspiring East African earth scientists and botanists.

The purpose of the Francis H. Brown African Scholarship scheme is to further human knowledge and scientific interest in earth sciences as well as botany relevant to human origins by giving financial aid to East African researchers and students pursuing research in these fields. The award is further aimed at supporting research that builds on the work of Dr. Francis H. Brown and enables capacity in the earth and botanical sciences in East African institutions.

Frank Brown was a geologist whose study of the Omo-Turkana basin provides the basis for the timeline of human evolution. He devoted more than fifty years to mapping and analyzing the geology of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia, and his work provided a way to place fossil finds in chronological order.

During his time working in Ethiopia and Kenya, Frank Brown became an expert in not only the geology but also the plant life of the Omo-Turkana basin. He studied several languages, including Kiswahili, Kikamba, Kikuyu, and Turkana. He also sponsored the education of many university students from Ethiopia and Kenya.

He taught at the University of Utah where he served as chair of the department of geology and geophysics and received the Rosenblatt Prize, the highest honor of the University of Utah. He also served as co-chair of The Leakey Foundation’s Scientific Executive Committee from 1993 until his untimely death in September 2017.  We are honored to work in partnership with his daughters, Elise Brown Ersoy and Erica Brown Gaddis, to fulfill one of Frank’s wishes, the creation and funding of the Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey was one of the 20th century’s great anthropologists and a tireless promoter of science education and public outreach. During Dr. Leakey’s travels to the United States in the 1960s to lecture and raise money for his research, he met a group of enthusiastic individuals who were curious about human origins and evolution. Inspired by Dr. Leakey and his notions, they began a collective to further a multidisciplinary approach to human origins research. In 1968, they established The Leakey Foundation to aid Louis and Mary Leakey’s fieldwork as well as the groundbreaking research of younger scientists like Dian Fossey, Don Johanson, Jane Goodall, and Birute Galdikas. In the first ten (10) of its existence, The Leakey Foundation provided funding to many of the seminal studies that add to our understanding of human prehistory. Presently, the Leakey Foundation continues to help the significant studies of researchers like Frederick Grine, Sileshi Semaw, Dan Lieberman, Jill Pruetz, Zeresenay Alemseged, and many more. Many of the current prominent human origins researchers began with a grant award from The Leakey Foundation.

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Available Subjects

All courses offered at the university.

Eligible Nationalities and Benefits

This scholarship is open to students from Kenya, Ethiopia or Eritrea.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The maximum award amount is $25,000


Students or researchers of African heritage who are citizens of Kenya, Ethiopia or Eritrea who (a) Are pursuing a doctoral 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 no longer than six years prior to the time of application for funding from this source.

Applicants shall demonstrate a commitment to a career in their field of study with an emphasis on research and teaching in his/her country of origin following the completion of his/her degree.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to The Leakey Foundation on www.grantrequest.com to apply.

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The deadline for the scholarship award application is 15th July 2020. Applicants should ensure they submit their applications on or before the specified date.