Apply for the Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships

Apply for the Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships

Deadline: February 15, 2015 (New Applicants) and March 1st, 2015 (Returning Applicants)

Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships 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.

The Baldwin Fellowship 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 and primatology.

About the Fellowship

The Fellowships were the brainchild of former Board President Dr. Edwin Munger and Elisabeth G. O’Connor, the widow of Franklin Mosher Baldwin. Baldwin, a distinguished attorney, took a lively interest in the search for human origins until his death. Hoping to honor her late husband’s dual interests in early humans and education, O’Connor embraced the idea of a program to educate African scholars in prehistory and paleoanthropology. Today the award has been expanded to include studies in primatology and is available to citizens from developing nations. Since 1978, more than 70 Baldwin Fellowships have been awarded.

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.


This award is for a program of approved advanced special training or studies leading towards an M.A or Ph.D. It is limited to two years of support. The maximum award is limited to $15,000 per year.


  • Fellowship is open to Human origins scholars from developing nations seeking advanced degrees (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.).
  • Candidates enrolled in a M.A., M.S., Ph.D. or equivalent program related to the study of human origins or evolution can apply.
  • Candidates should have financial assistance from the host institution.
  • Candidate should be ready to  return and work in their home country upon completion of training.

Application Process

  • Download the Application Form.
  • Send application forms as attachments in PDF to [email protected] or mail it to: 1003 B O’Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA.
  • Sponsors from both your host and home institutions may send their letters of support as PDF to the email or directly to the postal address above.
  • Also see guidelines for second year Baldwin Fellowship renewal.

Please note:  If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application is due the following business day.

For more information, visit Baldwin Fellowships.