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From the archive: Let your bid evolve

How a PhD student followed the learning curve to win a Leakey Foundation grant

Funding for research on human evolution that will cover both palaeoanthropology and behavioural studies is hard to come by, which makes the US-based Leakey Foundation’s work highly valuable. The foundation’s Research Grants scheme is open to bids from scientists anywhere in the world and encourages applications from early-career researchers. PhD candidates can apply for up to $20,000 while senior scientists and post-doctoral researchers can ask for up to $30,000. There are two rounds of funding each year and the next deadline is 10 January.

In November 2020, Funding Insight caught up with Matilda Brindle, then a PhD student at University College London and now an assistant researcher there, following her Leakey Foundation grant win. She spoke about her attitude to her first grant application and also her approach to studying and communicating a topic that the general public might view as eccentric—her PhD was on masturbation in primates.

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