Funding and Donations

Support MEMSAP! 

Funding scientific research isn’t just for organizations like the National Science Foundation; you can make a difference and further our mission of building archaeological research capacity in Malawi while studying the remarkable human behavioral record preserved in the Karonga area.

Visit our donation page today to support MEMSAP:Donate to MEMSAP here!

Thank you to the organizations and individuals who have made MEMSAP possible through the following major grants and donations!

  • Emory University Research Committee grant: “Early human cultural diversity and adaptive responses to resource stress in the Middle Stone Age of Central Africa”; Jessica Thompson (2016)
  • Emory University Program for Enhancement of Research; Jesica Thompson (2016)
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Award ALNGRA13512 – “Geochronology of Middle to Late Pleistocene artefact-bearing sediments along northern Lake Malawi”; Jessica Thompson, Arjun Heimsath, Ramon Arrowsmith, and David Fink, with contributions from Marina Bravo Foster and Scott Robinson (2013)
  • National Science Foundation: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant BCS-1240694 – “Material Symbolism and Ochre Use in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa”; Andrew Zipkin (2012-2014)
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant 8623 – “Material Symbolism and Ochre Use in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa”; Andrew Zipkin (2012-2014)
  • National Research Foundation of Korea: “Detecting the Origins of Modern Human Behavior from Karonga, Malawi”;  David K. Wright and Jeong Heon Choi (2012-2013)
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research Grant; Jessica Thompson (2012)
  • UQ International Field School (2011 & 2012)
  • Australian Research Council: DP 110101305; Jessica Thompson, Ramon Arrowsmith, and Andrew Cohen (2011 – 2013)
  • National Geographic-Waitt Foundation: W115-10; Jessica Thompson (2011 – 2013)
  • The Explorers Club Washington Group, Inc.: Exploration and Field Research Grant; Andrew Zipkin (2011)
  • Cosmos Club Foundation: Cosmos Scholars Grant; Andrew Zipkin (2011)
  • University of Queensland: Early Career Researcher Grant; Jessica Thompson (2010)
  • Thomas Jones: Charitable Donation; Jessica Thompson (2010)
  • University of Queensland: International Travel Grant; Jessica Thompson (2010)

New friends from the 2011 field seasonNot interested in giving to MEMSAP directly? 

How about supporting the broader Karonga community?

Our work would not be possible without the hospitality of local residents so if you have ideas about giving back to the people of Karonga we’re all ears.  Get in touch with MEMSAP PI Jessica Thompson and share your thoughts; you can reach her at  To learn more about conservation and education efforts already planned or underway, check out the Cultural and Museum Center Karonga website.

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