Genus Research Grant

Establish groundbreaking research

Establish groundbreaking research ideas, pioneer new techniques, and be the leader in your field.

Our Research Grant enables you to achieve your greatest research ambitions while collaborating with one of Africa’s most inclusive Palaeoscience communities. GENUS supports research with a strong emphasis on the South African fossil record or the Early to Middle Stone Age archaeological record. Through our grants, we aim to invest in leaders dedicated to advancing research in one of the many Palaeoscience disciplines while sharing their findings with a wider community to help build a strong knowledge society for all.


The GENUS Research Grant is up to R200 000 to be used within two consecutive years. GENUS supports Research Grants through the DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences Funding Platform.

Open Date:  01 September

Closing Date: 30 October

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a GENUS Research Grant?

GENUS has two categories for this grant: Category 1: Employed full-time as an academic or research staff member at a GENUS academic or museum partner institution (see FAQs under Prepare Your Application) while also having a PhD in one of the Palaeosciences disciplines. Category 2: A South African citizen/permanent resident full-time academic or research staff member working abroad at an academic institution while also having a PhD in one of the Palaeoscience disciplines. In this category, the applicant must apply to research the South African fossil or archaeological record that fits one of the research themes.

How much funding can I request?

The funding limit for an application is up to R200 000. The successful candidate must spend the funding within two consecutive years. GENUS supports this grant through the DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences funding platform and donations.

How much can my institution deduct for administrative costs?

Charges for overhead, administrative or indirect costs are not allowed.

What expenses can I include in my budget?

GENUS Research Grants cover expenses directly related to and essential to the project (e.g. travel, living expenses during fieldwork, supplies, research assistance, conferences, and other relevant expenditures). We do not offer funds for salaries, large equipment, or institutional overheads.

How many applications may I submit?

Only one application per person is accepted.

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