The Baldwin program is based on a realistic assessment of needs and priorities. Many developing nations possesses 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.
Only scholars with citizenship in a developing country are eligible. The applicant must have a home sponsor who is a member of the institution where the applicant is affiliated in the home country, as well as a host sponsor who is a member of the institution which the candidate plans to pursue training. Should an award be made, the host sponsor must be willing to assume responsibility for overseeing the candidates training.