We Dig Fossils Grant

Shape your future for boundless impact

This grant seeks exceptional researchers who are excited to shape their futures in Palaeoscience. Our new generation of grants is to empower black women and non-binary people who are Leaders of today and the future. When you take your career to the next level, GENUS invests in your future. This grant will provide resources and time to take your career to the next level.

Support

The We Dig Fossils Grant is up to R250 000 to be used within two consecutive fiscal years. GENUS supports the We Dig Fossils Grant through the DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences funding platform and donations.

Important Dates

Open Call for Applications:  01 August                              Closing Date: 30 September

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a We Dig Fossils Grant?

This grant is open to black women (black, coloured, or Indian) or anyone who identifies as a woman who is a South African citizen/permanent resident working as an academic or curatorial staff member with a PhD. The applicant must be a full-time staff member at one of our partner institutions (see FAQs under Prepare Your Application).

How much funding can I request?

GENUS supports the We Dig Fossils Grant through the DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences funding platform and donations. The funding limit for a single proposal submitted by an applicant is up to R250 000. The successful candidate must spend the funding within two consecutive years.

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?

We Dig Fossils Grant covers 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.