We Dig Fossils Grant

Shape your future for boundless impact

The We Dig Fossils Grant enables researchers to achieve their greatest ambitions while collaborating with one of Africa’s most inclusive Palaeoscience communities.

The We Dig Fossils Grant seeks exceptional researchers who are passionate about shaping their future in Palaeoscience. This grant provides black women with a foundation for leadership in the field of palaeosciences. It provides funds to develop and execute research projects to take their career to the next level. GENUS wants to invest in your future.

At GENUS, we know that we can only illuminate the origins of our world when individuals from all walks of life participate in palaeoscience research. That’s why we advocate for equal representation in science, actively transforming the palaeo-landscape throughout South Africa. Our diverse community of students, researchers, and partners has moulded our vision and mission to continue to enable real impact.


GENUS supports the We Dig Fossils Grant through several funding streams: the DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences funding platform, the University of the Witwatersrand Research Council, NGO partners and donations. The We Dig Fossils Grant is up to R250 000 to be used within two consecutive fiscal years.


See the Funding Guide below.


  • Opens: 01 August                
  • Closes: 02 September               
  • Review: November            
  • Outcome: December – January 



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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.